LS&S: The Rivieras – California Sun

LS&S = Our “Lost Singers & Song” Department

This is a song Gary purchased and played, a lot!

1964: Remember this one?

The Rivieras – California Sun

/ Riviera 1401/ 2/1/64/ # 5 Billboard


The Rivieras were a rock group, formed in South Bend, Indiana, USA in the early 1960s. The Rivieras featured Marty Fortson on vocals and guitar, Doug Gean playing the organ, second guitarist Joe Pennell and drummer Paul Dennert.

The Rivieras was one of the later groups in the USA playing classical rock n’ roll. The group had their greatest hit in 1964 with “California Sun” and this would be one of the last songs on the U.S. charts before the “British Invasion”.

Both personal reasons and drastic changes in music led to a split-up of the group in 1966.

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One response to “LS&S: The Rivieras – California Sun

  1. Pingback: One Hit Wonders / 1964 | Russ & Gary's "The Best Years of Music"

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