Johnny Rivers is a unique figure in the history of rock music. On the most obvious level, he was a rock star of the 1960s and a true rarity as a white American singer/guitarist who made a name for himself as a straight-ahead rock & roller during the middle of that decade. Just as important behind the scenes, his recordings and their success led to the launching, directly and indirectly, of at least three record labels and a dozen other careers whose influence extended into the 1970s, 1980s, and beyond. Rivers was very much a kindred spirit to figures like Buddy Holly and Ronnie Hawkins, with all of the verve and spirit of members of that first wave of rock & rollers.
HIs repertoir inclues pop, fold, blues and rock ‘n roll. Rivers topped the charts in the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for his string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968 including “Mountain of Love”, “Poor Side of Town”, “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” and “Secret Agent Man”.
Artists scheduled to appear include: Johnny Rivers, Albert Lee & Friends, The Fireballs featuring Jimmy Gilmer & George Tomsco and Danny & Annie. Wear your rockin’ duds and get those dancing shoes ready for our Vintage Style Show and Dance Contest. Sign up at the information table. 6:30 p.m. | Surf Ballroom & Museum General […]