Dick Rivers

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Dick Rivers
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Background information
Birth nameHervé Forneri
Born(1945-04-24)24 April 1945
Nice, France
Died24 April 2019(2019-04-24) (aged 74)
GenresRock and roll
Associated actsLes Chats Sauvages

Hervé Forneri (born 24 April 1945 in Nice, France – died 24 April 2019, on his 74th birthday, in Neuilly-sur-Seine), known professionally as Dick Rivers, was a French singer and actor who began performing in the early 1960s.[1] He was an important figure in introducing rock and roll music in France. He is known for being an admirer of Elvis Presley, who highly influenced both his singing and looks. His stage name came from the character, Deke Rivers, that Presley played in his second film, Loving You (1957).


Rivers was born in Nice, France, and started his music career in 1960 as the lead singer of the band Les Chats Sauvages, cutting his first record on his fifteenth birthday. In 1961, the British music magazine NME reported that a Rivers concert with his group Les Chats Sauvages at the Palais des Sports de Paris, whilst headlining with Vince Taylor, had turned into a full-scale riot.[2] Rivers left Les Chats Sauvages in 1962 to pursue a solo career.

His last album, Rivers, was released in 2014.


  1. ^ "Le chanteur français Dick Rivers meurt le jour de son anniversaire". Radio-Canada.ca (in French). 24 April 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 91. CN 5585.

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