At the Whisky à Go Go

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At the Whisky à Go Go
Live album by Johnny Rivers
Released February 1964
Recorded Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop, Rock and Roll
Length 34:48
Label Imperial Records
Producer Lou Adler
Johnny Rivers chronology
At the Whiskey à Go Go
(1964)
Here We à Go Go Again!
(1964)

Johnny Rivers at the Whisky à Go Go (shown as "At Whisky-A-Go-Go" on the original label) is the debut album from American rock and roll singer/songwriter/guitarist Johnny Rivers. The album was released in February 1964, just as The Beatles and the British music invasion was getting into full swing. Rivers was asked to open the legendary Whisky a Go Go nightclub in Los Angeles while making this album. With the help of producer Lou Adler, Johnny helped introduce the "Go Go sound" to rock and roll. The album reached #12 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, and became Johnny's first gold album. The album also gave Rivers his very first big hit, a cover version of Chuck Berry's 1959 hit "Memphis". Rivers's version went to #2 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart in the summer of 1964, and became his first gold single. Johnny Rivers at the Whisky à Go Go would be the first of five albums that Rivers would record live at the nightclub.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Memphis" (Chuck Berry) (2:44)
  2. "It Wouldn't Happen With Me" (Raymond Evans) (3:30)
  3. "Oh Lonesome Me" (Don Gibson) (2:37)
  4. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (Lloyd Price) (3:00)
  5. "Whiskey a Go Go" (Johnny Rivers) (3:57)
  6. "Walking the Dog" (Rufus Thomas) (3:51)
  7. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" (Chuck Berry) (2:36)
  8. "You Can Have Her (I Don't Want Her)" (Bill Cook) (3:20)
  9. "Multiplication" (Bobby Darin) (2:51)
  10. "Medley: La Bamba" (Traditional; arranged by Johnny Rivers) / "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell) (6:22)

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