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The Rivieras

A South Bend, IN, rock & roll band, the Rivieras' one big hit was one of the last great gasps of pure American rock & roll before the British Invasion took over the charts. Original members Otto Nuss (organ), Doug Gean (bass), Marty "Bo" Fortson (vocals and guitar), Joe Pennell (guitar), and Paul Dennert (drums) were local teen ballroom heroes. They recorded a supercharged version of the Joe Jones R&B semi-hit "California Sun" featuring a powerful drum intro and the now-famous signature guitar and organ riff. The song became a hit in the midst of the first flush of Beatlemania, only nudged out of the number one spot on the national charts by "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Although several equally fine 45s and two albums followed, the bandmembers' relatively young ages, coupled with numerous personnel changes caused by the draft and the changing musical climate, caused the group to break up by 1966. Nuss, Gean, and Fortson reunited the Rivieras in the mid-'80s, recording and doing local shows, sounding as great as ever. Though their time in the spotlight was brief, their one big hit continues to define for future generations everything that's pulsatingly great about American teen-band rock & roll. ~ Cub Koda
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A great rendition of a classic - Moonlight Cocktails
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kickflip979
Great summer music
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Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz
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YOU CAN'T HELP TO BE HAPPY AND WANT A CHEESEBURGER AND A CHOCOLATE MALT WHEN YOU HEAR IT!
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THIS SONG IS AWESOME!
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The Rivieras a great group but better leave OH BOY to Buddy Holly
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the Riviera's rendition of Moonlight Cocktails is the best version of this classic
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cerb65 you're officially invited to listen to my station on Pandora LOL
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Sorry...The Rivieras! A lot like the Cardinals.
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The Bio I mean!
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This is totally f**ked! Wrong Cardinals! C'mon get with it!! JC!
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cerb65
Who is Bob Jones???? What radio station is he on???
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I wish I were born at this time period!
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Moonlight Seranade is aGREAT version of an old 30's song-GREAT GREAT!!!
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Count every Star...they don't make 'em that good anymore
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a great doo wop song
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Pandora...yo u ' r e doing a good job
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LOVE THEM ALL THANK'S CHIP
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Another great west coast surf group. Saw them in person.
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RUDY WEST AND THE FIVE KEYS ARE MY ALL TIME FAVORITES. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING RUDY WEST @ A UGHA SHOW IN NY BEFORE HE PASSED, HE WAS THE MOST HUMBLEST PERSON I HAVE HAD EVER THE PLEASURE OF MEETING. I EVEN HAVE HIS AUTOGRAPH AND A PICTURE WITH HIM. HE IS THE BEST.
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CADILLACS

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