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(Norton Records) 24 tracks with 12 page booklet. First ever comprehensive collection 1963-65... more

The Rivieras: California Sun - The Best Of (CD)

(Norton Records) 24 tracks with 12 page booklet.

First ever comprehensive collection 1963-65 on midwest surf/garage kings; contains rare album tracks, singles, unissued sides.

Article properties: The Rivieras: California Sun - The Best Of (CD)

  • Interpret: The Rivieras

  • Album titlle: California Sun - The Best Of (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2000
  • Label Norton Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0731253027222

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Rivieras, The - California Sun - The Best Of (CD) CD 1
01 California Sun The Rivieras
02 Danny Boy The Rivieras
03 Twist & Shout The Rivieras
04 Little Donna The Rivieras
05 Church Key The Rivieras
06 Killer Joe The Rivieras
07 Let's Have A Party The Rivieras
08 Rockin' Robin The Rivieras
09 H.B. Goosestep The Rivieras
10 Keep A Knockin' The Rivieras
11 Oh Boy The Rivieras
12 When The Saints The Rivieras
13 Played On The Rivieras
14 Whole Lotta Shakin' The Rivieras
15 Battle Line The Rivieras
16 Rip It Up The Rivieras
17 Let's Go To Hawaii The Rivieras
18 Lakeview Lane The Rivieras
19 Tossin' And Turnin' The Rivieras
20 Bug Juice The Rivieras
21 Comin' Back Home The Rivieras
22 Fortune Teller The Rivieras
23 Church Key Part 2 The Rivieras
24 California Sun '65 The Rivieras
The Rivieras Moonlight Serenade The Rivieras were a throwback to an earlier era of... more
"The Rivieras"

The Rivieras

Moonlight Serenade

The Rivieras were a throwback to an earlier era of African-American vocal groups, when polished harmonies were liberally applied to sophisticated pop standards. The nostalgic combination clicked long enough to spawn three pop hits from 1958 to '60.

Lead tenor Homer Dunn, a Hackensack, New Jersey product, was a big fan of The Orioles, Swallows, and Dominoes. His first group followed the trend towards bird names, calling themselves The Five Bob-O-Links. Relocating to Englewood, N.J., Dunn teamed with Andy Jones, tenor Ronald Cook, and bass Charles Allen as The Four Arts. They changed their handle to The El Rivieras once Warren Lanier took over their management. Jones' side gig shoveling snow paid dividends when one of his customers, William Fix, turned out to be The Ames Brothers' manager. Fix brought them to George Paxton and Marvin Cane's Coed Records, where The Crests were embarking on their own hit odyssey.

The Rivieras debuted in July of 1958 on Coed with the lilting ballad Count Every Star, a mellow outing that came attached to a peppier True Love Is Hard To Find. Count Every Star gave the group a #73 pop entry their first time out. The quartet encored with the similarly easy-paced Moonlight Serenade, a revival of a 1939 pop smash by big band leader Glenn Miller (Mitchell Parish added lyrics a little later on). Record buyers with a taste for classier fare snapped up The Rivieras' remake after its January '59 release, propelling it to #47 pop not long thereafter. The flip, Neither Rain Nor Snow, was penned by conductor Al Semola.

The violin-enriched Our Love bubbled under the Hot 100 that summer, but The Rivieras rebounded with Since I Made You Cry, a jaunty R&B-oriented outing that slipped up to #93 pop in early 1960. Although their lush Moonlight Cocktails was limited to 'bubbling under' status that spring, it's retroactively revered as one of The Rivieras' best singles. Three more releases on Coed stretched into 1961, after which the quartet quit recording.

- Bill Dahl -

Various Street Corner Symphonies 1959 Vol.11

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