Johnny Rivers

Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Travis Cody in

Had an ear worm yesterday and thought I'd share.

Rockin' Pneumonia, written by Huey "Piano" Smith and John Vincent. Mr Rivers released his cover in 1972 and it went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That led me to...

Seventh Son, written by Willie Dixon. Mr Rivers released his cover in 1965 and it went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Couldn't stop at just two...

Poor Side of Town, written by Mr Rivers with Lou Adler. It was released in 1966 and went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Gotta have this one too...

Mountain of Love, written by Harold Dorman. Mr Rivers released his cover in 1964 and it went #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Just one more...

Swayin' to the Music, written by Jack Tempchin. Mr Rivers released his cover in 1977 and it went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I lied. One more...

Summer Rain, written by James Hendricks. Mr Rivers released the song in 1967 and it went to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Good tunes. I haven't got a single one of them in my catalog. I'll have to fix that as soon as I get a new computer.

I'm easing back from hiatus. Still not quite ready to blog full time, but stuff is starting to catch my attention again.


  1. Johnny Rivers was one of my favorite artists when I was a teen. While everyone else was falling all over the Beatles, I was listening to Ray Charles, Johnny Rivers, and Wilson Pickett. Go figure.

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  1. Bond says:

    I love when you decide to post one video and we end up seeing six..

    but but but...what about "Secret Agent Man"?????

    "They've given you a number and taken away your name"

  1. I guess it won't surprise you to find I'm not a big Johnny Rivers fan. But I will listen to a couple of these anyway.

  1. Linda says:

    These are all great but Bond's right, where's "Secret Agent Man"? That's one I still vividly remember from my single-digit years!

    Nice to see you easing back in, too. Hope you're enjoying your hiatus!

  1. You're so generous to share your worms. *grin*

  1. I'll need to come back and listen to those later...

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I love Johnny Rivers. Like you I don't have a good collection of his music, just some small things...I think a live album, but no good career overview. I'm going to have to change that.

  1. Jeni says:

    Wow - what a trip down memory lane with all those songs! I'd forgotten all about Johnny Rivers -the songs too -until this post! Great post, Trav!

  1. Travis says:

    Driller: I'd say your selections were excellent.

    V: An excellent tune, but too obvious I think.

    Charles: It doesn't surprise me in the least. LOL!

    Linda: We listened to it along with all the others!

    Songbird: I was taught to share. Hehehee!

    Terra: I hope you enjoy.

    John: I was reading about the live sets he used to do at Whiskey-a-Go-Go. I guess some of those were recorded.

    Jeni: I don't know how it got stuck in my head yesterday, but I'm glad it did.

  1. Marsha says:

    Most of these are already on my iPod!!

  1. Julie says:

    Oh yes! I know...I know....this is hte Johnny Rivers post....but I'm listening to the BeeGees from your most current posting as I continue to read you! I LOVE this song! "It's only words and words are all I have to take your heart away."