Some of us of a certain age grew up listening to the music of hit-maker Johnny Rivers, who will be visiting The Rose in Pasadena Friday.

Rivers burst onto the scene in 1964 with his first hit, “Memphis,” which was actually a remake of Chuck Berry’s song of the same name. That Rivers delivered a hit with it was kind of amazing, given the fact that this Southern-flavored song came during the British Invasion onslaught that saw the rise of The Beatles and Rolling Stones. It was the first of a string of hits that brought him to the top of the charts.

The Louisiana native scored again after that with another cover of a Berry tune, “Maybelline.” Yet another cover song became his third hit, “Mountain of Love,” a remake of the 1960 hit by Harold Dorman.

Then, in the fall of 1965, he repeated the formula yet again, covering the Mose Allison song “Seventh Son.” A year later, he tapped into the secret agent craze prevalent at the time, with his song “Secret Agent Man” for the TV show of the same name.

From there, he went on to score hits with songs including his hit, “Poor Side of Town,” followed by a cover of the Four Tops song, “Baby I Need Your Lovin.’” The hits kept coming, with “Summer Rain,” followed into the 1970s with “Rockin’ Pneumonia —Boogie Woogie Flu.”

Rivers has continued to tour and record, and is also a popular draw overseas.

Visit johnnyrivers.com. 


Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. with opening act, rising country star Eileen Carey and Premier Acapella, and Rivers performs at 9 p.m. Friday at The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $68 to $109. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.