Best Quotes by Johnny Rivers

After that initial success, every chance we got we’d hire that remote recording truck and just record stuff at the Whisky because it was so inexpensive.

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I loved playing and I was actually working two jobs.

Johnny Rivers

The first amp I had back in the ’50s was a small Fender.

Johnny Rivers

I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed.

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My first really good guitar was a Gibson J-45.

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I learned some chords and I started watching anybody I could, once I really got into it.

Johnny Rivers

The first time I went to New York, I met Alan Freed.

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Alan’s publishing company was in the Brill Building, and of course, the Brill Building was where all the songwriters hung out because that’s where all the publishers were.

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Guys like Otis Blackwell and Bobby Darin, and all the guys who were writing songs for Elvis at the time, just hanging around, writing songs, talking about music.

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But I always loved songs with great lyrics.

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About two months into the Whisky, I borrowed some money and rented a remote recording truck.

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I was working at this club in downtown L.A. from four to eight at night, just Eddie Rubin, the drummer, and I.

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In early ’57, I bought a Fender Telecaster.

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In 1965, Gibson made the red one I use now, and a black one, which was the first black 335 they ever made.

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I’ve got a Fender Concert amp from the ’60s, the one Joe Osborn used. He played his bass through it.

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What I really remember is that people camped out everywhere, and the fact everybody expected it might turn into a big nightmare with all sorts of hassles because back in those days everybody was smoking pot and taking acid.

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Even Woodstock turned out to be a disaster. Everybody was stuck in the mud and people got sick.

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When I came back to California in the early ’60s I was hanging out with Jimmy Bowen, Phil Spector, and I wanted to be a record producer and work with other artists.

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One of the first groups we signed was the Fifth Dimension.

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I think my favorite album was probably Realization.

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I’d gone through periods where I didn’t work live performances for probably seven or eight months at a time.

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I think after 1970 or so, after I sold Soul City, I took off for awhile and didn’t do too many gigs.

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I accepted an offer to do a concert for the reopening of the Mall of Memphis.

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Jack and I usually get together and sit around in the afternoons and start throwing ideas around.

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One thing will lead to another and somebody will come up with a riff or a line or something we build from.

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The web site and the Internet are a whole new ball game.

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