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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

A South Bend, IN, rock & roll band, the Rivieras' one big hit was one of the last great gasps of pure American rock & roll before the British Invasion took over the charts. Original members Otto Nuss (organ), Doug Gean (bass), Marty "Bo" Fortson (vocals and guitar), Joe Pennell (guitar), and Paul Dennert (drums) were local teen ballroom heroes. They recorded a supercharged version of the Joe Jones R&B semi-hit "California Sun" featuring a powerful drum intro and the now-famous signature guitar and...
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