John Henry Ramistella is an American rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968, among them "Memphis" (a Chuck Berry cover), "Mountain of Love", "The Seventh Son", "Secret Agent Man", "Poor Side of Town" (a US #1), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" (a Motown cover), and "Summer Rain".
Raised in Baton Rouge, Rivers big break came in 1963, when he filled in for a jazz combo at Gazzarri's, a nightclub in Hollywood. Unfortunately, that year the "British Invasion" led by the Beatles knocked almost every American artist off the top of the charts.
Rivers continued to record hits and write songs for decades. In early 2000, Rivers recorded with Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and Paul McCartney on a tribute album dedicated to Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets. Johnny Rivers career total is 9 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 17 in the Top 40 from 1964 to 1977; he has sold well over 30 million records. On June 12, 2009, Johnny Rivers was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. His name has been suggested many times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.