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Johnny Rivers
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Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers (born John Ramistella on November 7, 1942) is an American rock and roll singer from New York City. He grew up in Baton Rouge and was influenced by the distinctive music of Louisiana. He first became a hit at the club Whisky-a-Go-Go, often by covering Chuck Berry songs. He released several hits, including "Poor Side of Town", "Summer Rain" and "Midnight Special". In the 1970s, more hits came, including covers of The Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda" and Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes". He continued touring into the 1990s, and began recording again in 1998.