John Henry Ramistella was born in New York City on November 7, 1942, began playing a guitar at eight years of age and was recording in his early teens. An accomplished song writer, singer and musician.
In the early 60’s Johnny landed a spot on the same stage where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and others started, “The Louisiana Hayride” in Shreveport.
After New York disc jockey Alan Freed suggested he change his name, Johnny Rivers was created and in his early 20’s would headline at a hot new club, “The Whisky A Go Go” on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. In the summer of 1964, his “Memphis,” taken from the album “Johnny Rivers Live at the Whiskey A Go Go” gave him his first gold record, followed by “Maybelline” and “Mountain of Love.”
In the years that followed Johnny Rivers had 17 Top 40 hits and would add eight more million selling singles, “Seventh Son”, “Secret Agent Man,” “Poor Side of Town,” “Tracks of My Tears,” “Baby, I Need Your Lovin’,” “Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Slow Dancin’,” ” Swayin’ to the Music” and “Summer Rain.”
In all Rivers had nine Top 10 hits on the Hit Parade from 1964 to 1977. He is credited with selling over 30 million records.
Grammy award winner Johnny Rivers lives in Los Angeles and continues to tour internationally. He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in in 20o9.