Cleo Odzer

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1968/69 - Cleo and Keith Emerson Sign In or Register to add photos

And then I fell in love... of course, there's a big love affair. And at that time he was with a group called The Nice [February 1968] nobody has ever heard of The Nice, and his name was Keith Emerson. And later he became famous from the group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. But at that time, nobody knew who he was. But I saw him... he played the organ... he was dressed in fringes, he had long hair... he was so talented... I was in love. Oh, was I in love! And at the time I was writing for a village newspaper called The Downtown. I had a column about the new groups coming in. "Pop Sounds By Cleo," it was called. So I had a good excuse to meet the guys. So I saw him, I wanted him, I got him. And we had a relationship, while he was in New York he was with me. And I went to England twice to see him. [Summer 1968 and Christmas 1968] And then we got engaged [24th December 1968]. And then all of a sudden this whole scandal about groupies came out, and it was in Time Magazine [February 1969], and they mentioned my name, they had a picture of me, "Super Groupie Cleo." But they had a quote from another woman who called herself Cleo. I didn't say that, because I never thought I was a groupie. I did not say that quote. But it had my picture. And when I had gone to London before, the secretaries from the office they knew me and they were jealous, they were catty, because I had the cute guy. So one day they made him sign his check on the Time magazine article that had my picture as "Super-Groupie Cleo." And he got really angry and he broke off the engagement? and I was heartbroken... I was heartbroken. This was the first love of my life, and it just... killed me.
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