[3], On a trip to New York City in 1958, Ramistella met Alan Freed, who advised him to change his name to "Johnny Rivers" after the Mississippi River, which flows through Baton Rouge. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. L.A. Reggae (1972) reached the LP chart as a result of the #6 hit "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu," a cover version of the Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns song. The only one of the three (so far) with her own Wikipedia page is Darlene Love, who is also an actress. Poor Side of Town by Mel Waiters: Listen to songs by Mel Waiters on Myspace, a place where people come to connect, discover, and share. Community See All. "Poor Side of Town" is a song by Johnny Rivers that reached number one on the U.S. "Poor Side of Town" is probably my favorite Johnny Rivers song. Poor Side of Town was a very important record for Johnny because he had written it himself and because it introduced a more reflective balladerring element to his style. In 1968, Rivers put out Realization, a #5 album that included the #14 pop chart single "Summer Rain", written by a former member of the Mugwumps, James Hendricks. [12], Rivers continued to record more hits covering other artists, including "Baby I Need Your Lovin'", originally recorded by the Four Tops, and "The Tracks of My Tears" by the Miracles, both going Top 10 in 1967. [7] According to Elvis Presley's friend and employee, Alan Fortas, Presley played a test pressing of "Memphis" for Rivers that Presley had made but not released. [7], In 1966, Rivers began to record ballads that featured background vocalists. Great little guitar riff at the end of the verses. Rivers has sold well over 30 million records. I gotta learn that one. Poor Side of Town by The Walkabouts was written by Lou Adler and Johnny Rivers and was first released by Johnny Rivers in 1966. The song wonderfully melds aspects of breezy Californian Pop with tinges of a more troubled Southern Soul ballad. #4. Rivers' last Top 10 entry was his 1977 recording of "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancing)," written by Jack Tempchin and originally released by Funky Kings. Rivers charted during the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968, among them "Memphis" (a Chuck Berry cover), "Mountain of Love" (a Harold Dorman cover), "The Seventh Son" (a Willie Mabon cover), "Secret Agent Man", "Poor Side of Town" (a US #1), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" (a 1967 cover of the Four Tops single from 1964), and "Summer Rain". Billboard Hot 100 and the RPM Canadian Chart in November 1966. From the Album The Memphis Sun Recordings April 1, 2014 Listen Now Buy song $1.29. Check out The Poor Side Of Town by Johnny Rivers on Amazon Music. Rivers's greatest success came in the mid and late 1960s with a string of hit songs (including "Seventh Son," "Poor Side of Town" and "Secret Agent Man") but he has continued to record and perform to the present. [2] The subsequent British Invasion knocked almost every American artist off the top of the charts, but Rivers was so popular that record producer Lou Adler decided to issue Johnny Rivers Live at the Whisky A Go Go,[1] which reached #12. I know they can't keep us down. So tell me, yeah, are you gonna stay now? In addition, Rivers is credited with giving songwriter Jimmy Webb a major break when the 5th Dimension recorded his song "Up, Up, and Away". Johnny Rivers (born John Ramistella on November 7, 1942 in New York City and grew up in Louisiana) is an American rock and roll musician.He was popular in the 1960s and 1970s for his songs like Secret Agent Man, The Poor Side of Town, Baby I Need Your Lovin, The Midnight Special, and Swayin' To The Music (Slow Dancin'). His big break came in 1963, when he filled in for a jazz combo at Gazzarri's, a nightclub in Hollywood, where his instant popularity drew large crowds. The song Poor Side of Town was written by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler and was first released by Johnny Rivers in 1966. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock 'n' roll. … She played Det. At first Rivers balked at the idea but eventually changed his mind. Billboard Hot 100, #1 Canada Influenced by the distinctive Louisiana musical style, Rivers began playing guitar at age eight, taught by his father and uncle. )[8] Rivers' version far outsold the Chuck Berry original from August 1959, which stalled at #87 in the US. Fix in Music Library Close Sample this song Title by Artist 0:00 / 0:00 1. I don't blame you for tryin', yeah, yeah. Listen Now Buy song $1.29. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. Sloan and Steve Barri on a theme song for the American broadcast of a British television series Danger Man, starring Patrick McGoohan. Log In. [9], Rivers continued to record mostly live performances throughout 1964 and 1965, including Go-Go-style records with songs featuring folk music and blues rock influences including "Maybellene" (another Berry cover), after which came "Mountain of Love", "Midnight Special", "Seventh Son" (written by Willie Dixon), plus Pete Seeger's" Where Have All the Flowers Gone? See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. They met in Los Angeles in 1961, where Rivers subsequently found work as a songwriter and studio musician. But together we can make it baby. [1][10], In 1963, Rivers began working with writers P.F. Read about Poor Side Of Town (Live At Town Hall) by Eels and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Talk:Poor Side of Town. Create New Account. On June 12, 2009, Johnny Rivers was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In addition, Rivers recorded the title song for the late night concert-influenced TV show The Midnight Special. The melody is a soulful version of California-based pop, with some strong folk elements as well. Burton later recommended one of Rivers' songs, "I'll Make Believe," to Nelson who recorded it. [2] From March 1958 to March 1959, Johnny Rivers released three records which did not sell well. Other Hot 100 top 40 hits from that time period were 1973's "Blue Suede Shoes" (originally recorded in 1955 by Carl Perkins)[3] and 1975's "Help Me Rhonda" (originally a #1 hit for the Beach Boys), on which Brian Wilson sang back-up vocals. [1] Freed also helped Rivers gain several recording contracts on the Gone label. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US). This development was spearheaded by the Bee Gees with their $200 million lawsuit against RSO Records, the largest successful lawsuit against a record company by an artist or group.[19]. By helping UG you make the world better... and earn IQ Suggest correction Not Now. "Poor Side of Town" is a song by Johnny Rivers that reached number one on the U.S. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock 'n' roll. I gotta learn that one. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US). While still in junior high school, he started sitting in with a band called the Rockets, led by Dick Holler, who later wrote a number of hit songs, including "Abraham, Martin and John" and the novelty song, "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron". [13], In the 1970s Rivers continued to record more songs and albums that were successes with music critics, but did not sell well. She encouraged Rivers to move to Nashville, where he found work as a songwriter and demo singer. (Fortas writes: "After that, Johnny was on Elvis's shit list" and was persona non grata from then on. All the way now. The theme song was very popular and created public demand for a longer single version. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1966 Vinyl release of Poor Side Of Town / A Man Can Cry on Discogs. [1][4] The Whisky had been in business just three days when the Beatles song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" entered the Billboard Hot 100. Song information for Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers on AllMusic Marty Paich provided the song's string arrangement. Stereo Remix by MixerRog 1966....#1 U.S. In early 2000, Rivers recorded with Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and Paul McCartney on a tribute album dedicated to Buddy Holly's backup band, the Crickets. [1][2], In 1958, Rivers met fellow Louisianan James Burton, a guitarist in a band led by Ricky Nelson. [1] His name has been suggested many times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he has never been selected. The album included some of the psychedelic influences of the time, such as the song Hey Joe, with a two minute introduction, and marked a change in Rivers' musical direction, with more introspective songs including "Look To Your Soul" and "Going Back to Big Sur". There are two versions of the song. Facebook is showing information to help you better understand the purpose of a Page. Roger Murtaugh's (Danny Glover) wife in the "Lethal Weapon" series with Mel Gibson. [18], Rivers is one of a small number of performers including Mariah Carey, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd (from 1975's Wish You Were Here onward), Queen, Genesis (though under the members' individual names and/or the pseudonym Gelring Limited) and Neil Diamond, who have their names as the copyright owner on their recordings (most records have the recording company as the named owner of the recording). Rivers charted during the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968, among them "Memphis", "Mountain of Love", "The Seventh Son", "Secret Agent Man", "Poor Side of Town", "Baby I Need Your Lovin'", and "Summer Rain". Rivers was impressed and, much to Presley's chagrin, Rivers recorded and released it, even copying the arrangement. Johnny Rivers. About See All (951) 609-6967. It was covered by Bobby Sims, Eels, Teddy Robin & The Playboys, Jon Nickell and other artists. Oh, with you, you by my side. Quisling, Erik, and Williams, Austin (2003). Poor Side of Town is a popular song by Al Wilson | Create your own TikTok videos with the Poor Side of Town song and explore 0 videos made by new and popular creators. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Rivers continued releasing material into the 1980s (e.g., 1980's Borrowed Time LP), garnering an interview with Dick Clark on American Bandstand in 1981,[15][16] although his recording career was winding down. The only one of the three (so far) with her own Wikipedia page is Darlene Love, who is also an actress. [1][2][4], In 1964, Elmer Valentine gave Rivers a one-year contract to open at the Whisky a Go Go, on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Rivers, however, was a nominee for 2015 induction into America's Pop Music Hall of Fame. The single edit version fades out earlier, in order to avoid repetition, due to its length, following the repeated lyric line: "Oh with you by my side". Roger Murtaugh's (Danny Glover) wife in the "Lethal Weapon" series with Mel Gibson. The Walkabouts released it on the album Satisfied Mind in 1993. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, Recording Industry Association of America, Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies, "Louisiana Music Hall of Fame – Johnny Rivers", "Dick Clark Interviews Johnny Rivers - American Bandstand", "Rivers still on road with electric guitar", "Johnny Rivers – Discography 1970–present", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Johnny_Rivers&oldid=995157958, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with PLWABN identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 December 2020, at 15:30. [1][2], Rivers was born as John Henry Ramistella in New York City, of Italian ancestry. She played Det. But I've got a wonderful hang up baby. The right side of town Then came Rivers’ biggest-ever single, the great “Poor Side Of Town,” composed with Lou Adler. [2] Rivers also recorded Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix". WikiProject Songs (Rated Stub-class) This article is within the scope of WikiProject Songs, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of songs on Wikipedia. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. 'Rockin' Pneumonia' and 'Knock on Wood' are especially fine."[14]. On the poor side of town. The longer version goes on, finishing up the verse, and following the repeated guitar riff, repeats the sung introduction of the scatting, before the song fades out. In 1998 Rivers reactivated his Soul City Records label and released Last Train to Memphis. "Poor Side of Town" is probably my favorite Johnny Rivers song. You know I just can't make it without you. Great little guitar riff at the end of the verses. The track became Rivers' third million seller, which was acknowledged with the presentation of a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.) He also started his own record company, Soul City Records which included the 5th Dimension, whose recordings of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" and "Wedding Bell Blues" were #1 hits for the new label. "Poor Side of Town (Nick Lowe song)", a song by Nick Lowe from his 2001 album The Convincer This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. Rivers also worked alongside Roger Miller. [1], Rivers returned to Baton Rouge in 1959, and began playing throughout the American South alongside comedian Brother Dave Gardner. From the Album The Best Of Johnny Rivers May 25, 2018 4.8 out of 5 stars 48 ratings. Here on the poor side of town I don't blame you for trying I'm trying to make it too But I've got one little hangup, baby You know I just can't make it without you So tell me Are you gonna stay now? Rivers' recording of "Secret Agent Man" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966. It was covered by Bobby Sims, Eels, Teddy Robin & … So, the superb piano of Larry Knechtel, bass of Joe Osborn and drums by the ubiquitous Hal Blane … [7] Reviewing L.A. Reggae in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau said, "there are modernization moves, of course—two get-out-the-vote songs (just what George needs) plus the mysterious reggae conceit plus a heartfelt if belated antiwar song—but basically this is just Johnny nasalizing on some fine old memories. [13] Johnny Rivers' career total is 9 Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 and 17 in the Top 40 from 1964 to 1977. Johnny Rivers is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. I wanna know will you stand by me girl. Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella; November 7, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Rivers performing in 2007 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. I try to make it too, yeah. His family moved from New York to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A G#m F#m A With you by my side, they can't keep us down, E A E together we can make it, baby, from the poor side of town. "Poor Side of Town" is a song by Johnny Rivers that reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the RPM Canadian Chart in November 1966. The American version of the show, titled Secret Agent, went on the air in the spring of 1965. Around this time, Rivers turned to Christianity.[17]. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Poor_Side_of_Town&oldid=960447090, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 June 2020, at 01:05. It was covered by Glen Campbell, who had a major hit with it. It was a very important record for Rivers and represented a change from the musical style (characterized by a Go Go sound) that provided him with his early hits and acclaim. Forgot account? 128 people follow this. [1] Some of their music was recorded on the Suede label as early as 1956. Johnny Rivers, de son vrai nom John Henry Ramistella, est un chanteur, guitariste, compositeur et producteur américain de rock 'n' roll, né le 7 novembre 1942 à New York (États-Unis). Page Transparency See More. 127 people like this. One evening in Birmingham, Rivers met Audrey Williams, Hank Williams' first wife. Poor Side Of Town (Album Version) Johnny Rivers. In 1960, Rivers met fe… read more. He produced several hits including his own "Poor Side of Town", which would be his biggest chart hit and his only #1 record. By this time, Rivers had decided he would never make it as a singer, and song writing became his priority. Billboard Hot 100 and the RPM Canadian Chart in November 1966. ", all of which were hits. On the poor side of town. [11] It sold one million copies, also winning gold disc status. Rivers is still touring, however, performing 50 to 60 shows a year. on January 29, 1973. On April 9, 2017, Rivers performed a song, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, at the funeral for Chuck Berry, at The Pageant, in St. Louis, Missouri. See more of Poor Side of Town on Facebook. # #-----# Poor Side Of Town chords Johnny Rivers (Johnny Rivers / Lou Adler Changes album 1966) Capo II D Em (D Em) Do-doo-doo-wah shoo-be-doo-be D Em (D Em) Do-doo-doo-wah shoo-be-doo-be D Em How can you tell me how much you miss me? Rivers recalled that his most requested live song then was "Memphis",[5] which reached #2 on Cash Box on 4–11 July 1964[6] and also on the Hot 100 on 11–18 July 1964. Jump to navigation Jump to search. I can't blame you for tryin' I'm tryin' to make it too I've got one little hang up baby I just can't make it without you. Community. or. Increasingly he has returned to the blues that inspired him initially. [1][2], Ramistella formed his own band, the Spades, and made his first record at 14, while he was a student at Baton Rouge High School. The Poor Side Of Town. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. E F#m So tell me how much you love me, E F#m come near to me and say you need me now. With "Poor Side of Town," he moved into the pop-soul style. One of Rivers' biggest and earliest hits was his cover of Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee". Rivers' last Hot 100 entry, also in 1977, was "Curious Mind (Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um)," originally released by Major Lance and written by Curtis Mayfield. 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