Hi, I am Phillip Jarrell. From 1974 to 1977, I was a staff writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Music Publishing. I wrote songs for the original Muscle Shoals Swampers. I met Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, and Mary there, and we wrote a song called “Torn Between Two Lovers”, which became #1 on the Billboard Charts, in 1977. Shortly thereafter I released an album on Motown Records “I Sing My Songs For You” and a single “ I’m Dying”. In 1978, I produced a solo album for 20th Century Fox Records, which was never officially released. 1979, I produced “The Lurkers” from London “God’s Lonely Men” Album. In 1982 I put the guitars in storage, took my camera in hand, and pursued other forms of artistic expression. I think of it as a self-imposed rock & roll exile. Lived in Milano, Hamburg, Paris, and New York. Moved to Shanghai in 2001. That’s a lot of time, but I never stopped hearing music in my dreams and I continued to perform live occasionally. I designed my own brand of guitars, Jarrell Guitars. Shot Sony Music CD covers, and Rolling Stones concerts. Photographed 72 magazine covers in Shanghai. All these things to stay close to the music. All in the family. The virus was like a bomb. It blew up everything in my life and there in the dust, was my music. So it’s time to come out of the self-imposed exile.
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