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|Johnny Rivers to be 2009 Delta Music Hall of Famer|
Johnny Rivers will be the 2009 inductee into the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame on April 4, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne announced today (Wednesday).
"I talked with Johnny on Monday and he is real excited," Dardenne said.
The Secretary of State said Rivers will be unable to attend the festival held in Ferriday every year, but will be presented the plaque at a March 20 concert he is performing at Baton Rouge High. Rivers attended the school and Dardenne is a graduate of the school.
"We are going to make the presentation that afternoon and do a little interview and we will play that at the Delta Music Festival," Dardenne said. "He regrets he can't be there, but he is excited about being inducted. He told me that hopefully one day he can play at the festival."
Todd Martin, an Elvis impersonator, will be the main entertainment for the festival this year.
Mickey Gilley is returning to his hometown on April 5 to hold two concerts with his Branson group at the Delta Music Arcade.
"We're always excited when festival time rolls around to be able to show off the museum and arcade and it's going to be extra special with Mickey coming in," Dardenne said.
The 66-year old Rivers, who was born John Henry Ramistella, had a string of hits in the late 1960s that included "Seventh Son," "Poor Side of Town," "Summer Rain," and "Secret Agent Man."
Rivers, who continues to perform today, has had nine Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and 17 in the Top 40 from 1964 to 1977. In total, he has sold more than 30 million records.
The Ramistella family moved from New York to Baton Rouge when Rivers was five years old.
Ramistella formed his own band, The Spades, in junior high school and made his first record at age 14, while still a student at Baton Rouge High School.
On a trip back to New York in 1958, Rivers met Alan Freed who advised him to change his name, so he had the Baton Rouge attorney Arthur J. Cobb change his name to Johnny Rivers after the Mississippi River.
Rivers was hand-picked by the producers of British television series "Danger Man," which starred Patrick McGoohan, to sing the theme song for the U.S. version, "Secret Agent."
The show itself wasn't successful, but the theme song was.
Rivers was so popular, producer Lou Adler decided to issue Johnny Rivers Live At The Whiskey A Go Go. The live album reached No. 12 on the charts and the single "Memphis" reached the US Hit Parade No. 2 spot in July 1964, far outselling the Chuck Berry original from August 1959 which stalled at No. 87 in the US.
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