He hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and he began recording under his real name, Johnny Ramistella. Alan Freed suggested a name change to Johnny Rivers, and the rest is history. Johnny's forte was remaking former hits and making them hits all over again. Among his biggest successes are remakes of Chuck Berry's "Maybelline," Paul Evans' "Midnight Special," Willie Mabon's "Seventh Son," Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears," the Four Tops' "Baby I Need Your Loving," Huey Smith & the Clowns' "Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu," and the Funky Kings' "Swayin' to the Music." Johnny's first hit was a remake of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" in 1964. See a classic performance of that song by the birthday boy by clicking below. Happy birthday, Johnny.

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