BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #173: ” POOR SIDE OF TOWN”- JOHNNY RIVERS- NOVEMBER 12, 1966

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Billboard #1 Hits: #173: ” Poor Side Of Town”- Johnny Rivers. November 12, 1966. #1 for 1 week.

  • Single: “Poor Side Of Town”- Johnny Rivers
  • Record Company- Imperial
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler
  • Time: 3:03
  • B-side:”A Man Can Cry”
  • Album- Changes
  • Grade: C
  • Peaked at #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

Johnny Rivers had a lot of success on the pop charts from the early 60’s until the late 70’s- “Poor Side Of Town” was his only hit. Produced by Lou Adler- a west coast producer [the guy usually sitting next to Jack Nicholson at Lakers games} and backed up by The Wrecking Crew- [drummer Hal Blaine being involved almost assured it would go to #1} The song was a change in sound for Rivers from his earlier hits- to a pop-soul sound. This doesn’t sound like a #1 hit to me- when compared to a lot of other big hits from the era rather run of the mill.

 

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #173: ” POOR SIDE OF TOWN”- JOHNNY RIVERS- NOVEMBER 12, 1966

    • You may be right. I just finished up ranking the #1 songs for 1966 and while it didn’t rank high- there were only three songs that went to #1 that I didn’t like from that year and this isn’t one of them.

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