1964 Johnny Rivers – Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey a Go Go

Johnny Rivers at the Whisky à Go Go (shown as “At Whisky-A-Go-Go” on the original label) is a live album and is the debut album from American rock and roll singer, songwriter and guitarist Johnny Rivers.

The album was released in February 1964, just as The Beatles and the British music invasion was getting into full swing. Rivers was asked to open the Whisky a Go Go nightclub in Los Angeles starting January 15, 1964[1] and during that run he recorded the album. With the help of producer Lou Adler, Johnny helped introduce the “Go Go sound” to rock and roll. The album reached #13 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart,[2] (#12 on the Billboard 200)[3] and became Johnny’s first gold album. The album also gave Rivers his very first big hit, a cover version of Chuck Berry’s 1959 hit “Memphis”. Rivers’s version went to #2 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart in the summer of 1964, and became his first gold single.

Johnny Rivers at the Whisky à Go Go would be the first of five albums that Rivers would record live at the nightclub, and is not to be confused with Johnny Rivers Live at the Whisky à Go Go, an entirely different album which was released in Germany.

Tracks

1  Memphis (Chuck Berry) 2:44
2  It Wouldn’t Happen With Me (Raymond Evans) 3:24
3  Oh, Lonesome Me (Don Gibson) 2:42
4  Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) 2:58
5  Whiskey A-Go-Go (Johnny Rivers) 4:01
6  Walking the Dog (Rufus Thomas) 3:49
7  Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry) 2:38
8  You Can Have Her (I Don’t Want Her) (Bill Cook) 3:20
9  Multiplication (Bobby Darin) 2:51
10  La Bamba/Twist & Shout (Traditional; Phil Medley; Robert Russell) 6:27

Media

Musicians

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsEddie Rubin
GuitarJohnny Rivers
VocalsJohnny Rivers

Liner Notes

Engineer – Bones Howe, Lanky Linstrot, Wally Heider
Recording Supervisor – Lou Adler

Design (Cover), Photography By – Studio Five

Recorded At – Whisky A Go Go