Tim Rose, raw-voiced folk-rocker who recorded popular versions of “Hey Joe” and “Morning Dew,” died Tuesday Sept. 24 after surgery for bowel cancer in London. He had turned 62 the day before.
Rose started his career in his hometown of Washington, D.C. (he was raised in Virginia), in a duo billed as Michael & Timothy. He also worked with Cass Elliott, future member of the Mamas and the Papas, in a group called the Triumvirate. When James Hendricks — who later married Elliot — joined the group, it was renamed the Big Three. She reportedly wanted to keep to a more traditional folk sound, while he wanted electric. The group disbanded in 1964.
Rose then signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1966, and his album, “Tim Rose,” debuted a year later. In 1968, he toured in Britain with a band including John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin.
He said he turned down the job of replacing Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones because he felt he was doing well as a solo artist. But his musical career stalled, he took construction jobs, sang on some commercials, tried the stock market, and took small-time gigs.
In 1996, he returned to live performing in London with a show that featured reminiscences of his career’s ups and downs.