Skip to comments.TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: Johnny Rivers 1966
Posted on 11/26/2010 4:51:33 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
Johnny Rivers's greatest success came in the mid-to-late 1960s with sequence of top US and international hits such as "Seventh Son", "Poor Side of Town", "Summer Rain", "Secret Agent Man" -theme to the TV show- then in the early 70's with a great cover of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu" that went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, his third million-selling single.
Rivers continues to record and perform to the present in 2010... love that voice, and the guy can play a guitar:
Johnny Rivers: Secret Agent Man- 1966
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He mostly did cover songs.
Chuck Berry’s ‘Memphis’ is the superior cut.
‘Secret Agent’ and ‘Summer Rain’ was probably his best efforts.
Mountain of Love
When this guy does a song, he defines it. What a great sense of how a song should sound!
he lives in Baton Rouge now, plays an occasional gig in local clubs and coaches little league baseball.
I adore the “Rockin’ Pneumonia” cover he did, just fantastic... couldn’t find a decent clip of it tho
Johnny Rivers’ band was onstage waiting for him when he arrived in a helicopter. What a showboat. He did two or three songs poorly and then he left. His band was highly pissed and apologized to the 100k or so people in the audience.
Its funny what you remember after all these years. Still can't listen to him.
I believe Johnny Rivers was the only white singer on Motown Records.
Is Rivers in the R&R HOF? I heard he was not because of his politics and the head man there said as long as he was in charge, Rivers was not getting in.
Some nice pics of Johnny with my favorite by him.
Johnny Rivers - Where Have All The Flowers Gone
I heard it was Rare Earth, a pretty good white band.
Yes, I remember now. In fact the Funk Brothers did their album back up.
Yep, I bought their first album when I was in high school.
Might have been 1969 or 1970. Long time ago.
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I always liked that vid of The Searchers. Needles and Pin-za!
If you want a great music movie, get the DVD about the Funk Brothers, Standing in Shadows.
I have it. It is telling of the way the business ran. I teared up as they introduced the guys to come out for the performance and they brought pictures out of the guys that didn’t make it.
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