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The Rivieras were a young garage/surf band from South Bend, IN, who scored a monster pop hit in 1964 with the absurdly infectious "California Sun," a remake of the Joe Jones tune. Never really a surf band in the classic sense, the group was nevertheless left without a niche when the Beatles and their wake swept the sun, surf, and car genre out to sea later that same year. Let's Stomp With the Rivieras is a collection of previously unreleased tracks from their banner year of mostly organ-led romps through classic R&B covers, including a run at Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" and an interesting version of the stop/start Isley Brothers' party pleaser "Shout." That the Rivieras were from Indiana and had no particular allegiance to the good state of California is made obvious on "Arizona Sun," a flat remake of their giant hit with the state of Arizona plugged in where California used to be. Mostly a curio, Let's Stomp is recommended for surf and garage band aficionados.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s

The careers of Englewood, NJ, natives Homer Dunn, Andy Jones, Ronald Allen, and Charles Cook hadn't reached first base when they met manager of a group named the Avons, who christened them the Four Arts because they favored pop songs. After Warren Lanier rediscovered the quartet, he renamed them the El Rivieras, though they remained unrecorded until Jones met William Fix, the manager of the Ames Brothers. Fix arranged an audition with Marvin Cane and George Paxton, the owners of Coed Records, and...
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