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The Rivieras - Let's Have A Party 1964

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Uploaded on Feb 3, 2009

From the LP "Let's Have A Party". Recorded February 1964 on USA Records #102.

Great! That was the reaction to The Rivieras almost a year ago in the town of La Porte, Indiana. It was in La Porte that the group played their first professional performance at the "Tipon Terrace Danceland".

Bill Dobslaw, 21 years old and a native of Sawyer, Michigan, at the request of the group, took over as manager and vocalist when the original singer left for the Marines. The other members of the group, whose ages average 18 and attend high school in South Bend, Indiana, are Paul Dennert, drummer-Otto Nuss, organist-Doug Gean, bass guitar-Jim boal, lead guitar-and Willie Gaut, rhythm guitar.

After their initial performance The Rivieras received many requests for "California Sun", a song which they recorded in Chicago at the prompting of many fans. The record soon found its way on the local charts in Michigan and Indiana and was brought to the attention of Art Roberts, DJ at WLS Radio in Chicago. Thanks to the efforts of that station and many others, the song went on to become an international hit. The overnight success of The Rivieras has left them very appreciative of the many fans who have helped to make them the outstanding new group of 1964.

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