The Rivieras (1) (Englewood, New Jersey)


    Personnel :

    Homer Dunn(Lead)

    Ronald Cook(Tenor)

    Andrew Jones(Baritone)

    Charles Allen(Bass)

    Discography :

    Singles :
    1958 - Count every star / True love is hard to find(Coed 503)
    1958 - Moonlight serenade / Neither rain nor snow(Coed 508)
    1959 - Our love / Midnight flyer(Coed 513)
    1959 - Our love / True love is hard to find(Coed 513)
    1959 - 11th hour melody / Since I made you cry(Coed 522)
    1960 - Moonlight cocktails / A blessing of love(Coed 529)
    1960 - Great big eyes / My friend(Coed 538)
    1960 - Easy to remember / Stay in my heart(Coed 542)
    1961 - Eldorado / Refrigerator(Coed 561)
    1964 - Moonlight cocktails / Midnight flyer(Coed 592)

    Unreleased :
    N/A - My silent love (Coed)

    Lps :
    196? - The Rivieras Sing (Post 2000)
    Moonlight Cocktails / Eleventh Hour Melody / Count Every Star / Easy To Remember / Midnight Rider / Moonlight Serenade / Our Love / Stay In My Heart / Blessing Of Love / True Love Is Hard to Find / Neither Rain Nor Snow / Serenade In Blue.


    Biography :

    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 the El Rivieras were off and running. They dropped the "El," and debuted as the Rivieras with "I Count Every Star," which entered the pop charts at n° 73 in 1958. Good management kept them working, taking them as far west as Chicago. Their biggest hit, "Moonlight Serenade," reached number 47 in 1959. "Our Love" generated no action, but their fourth release, "Since I Made You Cry," dented the pop charts at number 93 in 1960.


    Four subsequent releases -"Moonlight Cocktails," "My Friend," "Stay in My Heart," and "El Dorado" -- went unnoticed. However, "Moonlight Cocktails" along with "Moonlight Serenade" became popular selections on beach-music compilation albums. After the label folded in 1961, the Rivieras soon faded into the moonlight. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi


    Songs :

    My friend                          Easy to remember                     My silent love

    Moonlight Cocktails              Count every star             11th hour melody

    Stay in my heart                Moonlight Serenade       Serenade In Blue


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