Johnny Rivers

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1989 (The 1990 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Johnny Rivers be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


60 comments so far (post your own)

Johnny Rivers has rocked, does rock, and will rock! What more do you want from an inductee? He deserves the honor.

Posted by Tina McBride on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 06:46am

JOHNNY RIVERS is a great singer,and and outstand
song writer. he is an artists,that truly cares
for is fans.

Posted by CAROLYN TUBB on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 18:51pm

Johnny Rivers should be in the hall, he made the top 10 with several songs and they are classics still today.

Posted by Andy Aragon on Monday, 01.28.08 @ 11:03am

Johnny River did some classic songs....'Mountain Of Love'...'Secret Agent Man'...'Summer Rain',etc. Started Soul City Records. Produced the Al Wilson Classic 'The Snake'. Bob Dylan, to this day says his favorite cover of one of his songs is Rivers version of 'Positively 4th Street'. All& all a pretty stellar career.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 22:25pm

I personally could take or leave Johnny Rivers, but he has influenced a lot of guitarists, and with the Ventures in on those same credentials, Rivers may not be too far off. I think eventually he'll get in.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 04.26.08 @ 01:04am

They're not gonna put Johnny Rivers in the Hall Of Fame.

He's got the Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.

Posted by joker on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 21:07pm

How can Johnny not be in the Hall yet? This is truly criminal. Great songs, great singer, great guitar player, many hits. What the hell else does he need to do? The Hall is a hoax in so many ways.

Posted by steve v on Friday, 06.6.08 @ 10:39am

Has been around since the 60's and still touring....more hits than many artists already in the Hall....positive influence on music industry and Rock [not like some other artists] ....just an embarrassment that he's not in there.

Posted by Robert on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 10:52am

johnny rivers belongs in the hall of fame without a doubt. his exclusion is the biggest travesty of rock and roll history. please,please right this incredible wrong !!!

Posted by David on Tuesday, 08.5.08 @ 15:20pm

Johnny be GOOD.. His stuff is pure raw rock.. Not Hollywood over and over and over dub HYPE..
It should take year before one can get in Time test is the best..Yes to RHOF..

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.13.08 @ 07:09am

I cannot believe Johnny Rivers is NOT already IN the Hall of Fame. Any Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame without Johnny Rivers is a sham. Go listen to the riff from "Secret Agent Man" and tell me this man doesn't deserve to be in the Hall!

Posted by Secret Agent Man on Thursday, 09.18.08 @ 11:58am

Well I'm surprised he hasn't even been considered

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 09.20.08 @ 12:57pm

Saw Johnny at the Whiskey in 1965 - what a fabulous time. Why he is not in the Hall of Fame in beyond me. Take a look at the people that have been nominated this year - some odd choices.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 19:37pm

how can johnny rivers not be in the hall?just the opening guitar licks to secret agent man in itself should put him in.however if the same powers to be have the same mindset as the ones who voted debbie boone as best new artist over foreigner for the grammy award than it doesn't suprise me at all.what a shame

Posted by bob whetzel on Wednesday, 11.5.08 @ 06:26am

Unbelievable! Mental illness is no stranger to those responsible for this omission.

Posted by Bobo on Thursday, 11.13.08 @ 15:12pm

Johnny Rivers, has been making music since the 1950's. His big break came at the openning of The Whisky A GO GO in 1964. He has written and co written and recorded songs that became very popular during the 1960's thru 1980's. He produced and recieved a grammy for most popular album and singing group in 1967, UP UP and Away, The Fifth Dimension, as well his work with Al Wilson. At 26 years old he started his own record lable Soul City, and probably un popular because of his desire to be independant. I know the man, he is an artist deserving as all the best and looking back at the work of Johnny Rivers, cover songs, or his own, he was a music legend during the years of Rockin Roll!

Posted by Agent 007 on Saturday, 03.28.09 @ 13:23pm

Johnny Rivers! Yes!

Posted by Bingo on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 18:28pm

Johnny performed and recorded Blues,Rock,Rockabilly, etc... He is the most responsible for Jimmy Webb's success. He discovered The fifth Dimension... The Whiskey-a-Go-Go was a MOVEMENT, not just a bar. If he hasn't been considered because a lot of his work was cover songs, one must realize he recorded those songs with a much different arrangemant and made those songs NEW to a different generation. I have no faith or respect for the hall if they don't include him very soon.

Posted by kathy on Sunday, 06.21.09 @ 18:59pm

I have sworn never to set foot in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame until Johnny Rivers is inducted. What a joke!!! Somewhere, somehow someone has got an issue that needs to be brought to light. His exclusion would be like the Baseball Hall Of Fame without Mickey Mantle.
If ever he is inducted...then I'm riding my Harley to Cleveland.

Posted by Wesley Helton on Wednesday, 07.22.09 @ 08:03am

Johnny Rivers has a lot of good songs

Posted by Milestones on Sunday, 09.20.09 @ 18:24pm

His version of "Memphis, Tennessee" (or just "Memphis") is my favorite version of the song

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.20.09 @ 18:25pm

His version of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" is my favorite version of the song as well.

Posted by Steve Z on Sunday, 09.20.09 @ 22:54pm

just good old rock love IT! I wonder if he will be in this time!!!I do hope so!

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.20.09 @ 22:58pm

For years I have been asking why he is not & Madonna is. I can only believe it is not for merit. He has deserved it for years. I can only speculate is has offended someone on the voting board. Hope he makes it some day. Until then, the award is tarnished.

Posted by Eddie on Thursday, 11.26.09 @ 16:36pm

Johnny Rivers, to me is what was always right about rock music.What should it take to get into the Hall? Great singing & songwriting? Check. Memorable and classic songs that stand the test of time? Check. Intelligence and an understanding of the music business? Check. An ear and eye for future talent? Check. Longevity and undying love for his fans? Check. I know the Hall is a sham, (God, who doesn't?), but they could go a long way towards gaining back some credibility with the only ones who should matter, that would be the fans, if any of the stuffed shirts happen to be reading, if artists like Johnny Rivers and Tommy James and Three Dog Night get their just rewwards.

Posted by Tim on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 20:46pm

I agree he is a real rocker...Why he is not in is anybody's guess

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 20:48pm

I saw Johnny Rivers play in Santa Fe last weekend. What a show! He truly is the consumnate entertainer. His voice hasn't changed in 40 years, his delivery was perfect and it's obvious he still loves to play for his fans. I'm surprised someone like him, who influenced groups like the Beatles hasn't been inducted yet. What doe he have to do, play like Metallica or Madonna who haven't really influenced anybody?

Posted by Mike Robinson on Monday, 12.14.09 @ 09:26am

I agree You would think RRHOF would put in the early stuff first.. But they to need to sell the RRHOF show.. Many do not know the rock roots ...
Today it is more the show more than the music

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 12.14.09 @ 09:44am

I find it amazing that Johnny Rivers is not In the R&R hall of Fame. He's worked hard in 5 decades of performing. He's had many hits and consistantly been recognised as one of the early influences in R&R. What's the problem there are many in the RRHOF with a lot less Chops than Johnny Rivers. I'm truly disappointed

Posted by Chuck Snow on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 11:36am

I'll take Johnny Rivers' version of "Maybellene" over Chuck Berry's any day!

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 02.21.10 @ 13:25pm

Johnny Rivers! Good Lord! How many top hits? One of America's most prolific songwriters? Every single hit is memorable! People rock out and feel good whenever my band plays his songs! They feel great 'cause he's from New Orleans, man! NYC, too! Doesn't get any more rooted in Americana than that!

Posted by Gunther on Tuesday, 04.13.10 @ 20:13pm

Johnny Rivers was one of the few American artists that held high chart positions by performing 1950s and 60s pop and holding his own with the Beatles, Stones, and other UK groups in the mid to late 60s when all the big name artist like Fats Domino, Jerry Lee, Little Richard, Rick Nelson, began dropping off the charts. Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame began in the right direction in 1986 and 1987. What happened it and who got control. Let's honor Rivers...get him in where he should be.

Posted by Paul MacPhail on Wednesday, 06.30.10 @ 18:41pm

johnny rivers
three dog night
joe cocker
linda ronstadt
without these artists, the RRHF is just a fabrication of "the powers that be"
the talking heads ... is that rock n' roll .... it is INSULTING ... maybe the powers that be forgot what used to make them smile before they became powers !

Posted by johnnyeff on Monday, 07.12.10 @ 21:19pm

Johnny Rivers introduced a young white audience in the 60s to Chuck Berry,Muddy Waters etc. He was a rare performer that could make a cover song his own. Yet he came up with some gems of his own.
He made music fun, and made some good music out of that Gibson 335 guitar. Put on Johnny Rivers at the Whiskey A Go Go, and I dare you not to sing along or tap your feet.. Put him in the RRHF

Posted by Maddog on Saturday, 07.24.10 @ 15:11pm


Posted by THEKEMPEN on Thursday, 08.12.10 @ 10:31am


Posted by THEKEMPEN on Thursday, 08.12.10 @ 10:31am

Incorrect. And here's why:

"Memphis" #2 (1964)
"Maybellene" #12 (1964)
"Mountain of Love" #9 (1964)
"Midnight Special" #20 (1965)
"Cupid" #76 (1965)
"Seventh Son" #7 (1965)
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone" #26 (1965)
"Under Your Spell Again" #35 (1965)
"Do You Wanna Dance?" #31 (1966)
"Secret Agent Man" #3 (1966)
"Muddy Water" #19 (1966)
"Poor Side of Town" #1 (1966)
"Baby I Need Your Lovin" #3 (1967)
"The Tracks of My Tears" #10 (1967)
"Summer Rain" #14 (1967)
"Look to Your Soul" #49 (1968)
"Right Relations" #61 (1968)
"These Are Not My People" #55 (1969)
"Muddy River" #42 (1969)
"One Woman" #89 (1969)
"Into the Mystic" #51 (1970)
"Fire and Rain" #90 (1970)
"Sea Cruise" #84 (1971)
"Think His Name" #65 (1971)
"Rockin' Pneumonia-Boogie Woogie Flu" #6 (1972)
"Blue Suede Shoes" #38 (1973)
"Help Me Rhonda" #22 (1975)
"Ashes and Sand" #96 (1977)
"Swayin' to the Music" #10 (1977)
"Curious Mind" #41 (1977)

9 Top 10 hits (including a #1), not to mention all the rest, hardly sounds like "2 hits" to me.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 08.12.10 @ 11:47am

Leaving off Johnny Rivers to the rock and roll hall of fame is a travashamocrity. A real disgrace to music lovers who understand the history of rock and roll and those who helped it grow in the 60's. Boo to those who have not even considered to vote him in yet. What a joke, lots of other 60's acts need to be in too. Three Dog Night, The Buckinghams, Chicago etc. Time to give the old timers their due. Putting in hippty hop music and other fringe music artist before these artists is really sad.

Posted by Gordon White on Saturday, 05.7.11 @ 09:24am

Oh my word, this may be the stupidest thing I ever read.

"johnny rivers
three dog night
joe cocker
linda ronstadt
without these artists, the RRHF is just a fabrication of "the powers that be"
the talking heads ... is that rock n' roll .... it is INSULTING ... maybe the powers that be forgot what used to make them smile before they became powers"

How on earth anyone could consider Talking Heads less rock than bloody Joe Cocker is amazing to me. truly amazing.

And not in a good way.
I'm sick of seeing people thinking that a few hits in the 60's and having a career that last's years, even if the work is unremarkable, is enough to warrant induction. Piss off.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 09:09am

Para mim, ele e o melhor do mundo, tem uma historia linda, m[usicas lindas, rock, romanticas, todas de qualidade. Ele ajudou a escrever a historia do Rock. Merece muito estar no Rock n Roll of Fame...

Posted by Teresa on Tuesday, 07.19.11 @ 20:16pm

Johnny Rivers should be in thrhall of fame , he is a great singer ,his music is the greatest

Posted by renae on Wednesday, 08.24.11 @ 23:43pm

I just really enjoy him! I am sure, most everyone here would agree this man should be in!
All we can do is hope an wait.

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 04.8.12 @ 23:38pm

The fact that Johnny Rivers is NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, demeans the meaning of a Hall of Fame. Just like giving Tom Hanks a lifetime achievement award when he was barely in his 50's, demeans the meaning of LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, although he will deserve it 10 times over by the time he is in his 70's. Johnny Rivers not only should be in the HALL, he should have been in with-in the first 5 years.
This is not, as one guy said above, an act that
had a few hits in the 60's and a career that has lasted years, with unremarkable talent. This is someone who writes , sings, produces and
plays with the very best the Hall has honored,
someone whom many inductees have included as an influence, or as someone whom they would like to see inducted. Saying Johnny Rivers shouldn't be in the Hall because he had
couple hits with other peoples songs, is like saying Bob Dylan should not be allowed in a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, because he is mostly a folk singer, and no one can understand him when he sings.. I doubt you could find one Hall inductee that has made with only 100% of their own work. That by the way includes The Beatles. Elvis also didn't sing only fresh songs he introduced (even if he didn't write them), he did covers of other artist songs. Johnny River has had a 50 year career, if he doesn't merit a place in the Hall, who does, and when he makes it, the Hall needs to issue and apology for denying him so long.

Posted by Jake Franz on Thursday, 04.19.12 @ 14:33pm

I say it's time to have a Johnny River's Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame for the real Rock artist. Not the 40% of people influenced that owe their career's to Johnny Rivers today? What a hoax? I'll never attend the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and I've been going to Cleveland area every year since 1976 for family functions before the Hall of Fame even opened, it's too late now! You blew it! The Nominating Committee showed a lack of character, they must be from another Galaxy; They sure didn't grow up anytime during the Rock era in our world. Complete Idiot's!

Posted by Texas on Saturday, 01.19.13 @ 00:55am

Lou Adler wants Johnny Rivers inducted.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.14.13 @ 21:26pm

I remember the first time I heard Johnny Rivers,maybe '64 or '65.I think it was "Mountain of Love".I've been a Rivers fan pretty much since.When Johnny Rivers rocks he rocks.Maybe The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame thinks Johnny did to many ballads.I love 'em.I hope he gets in soon.He deserves it a lot more than some already that are inducted.

Posted by Mike B. on Monday, 12.2.13 @ 13:20pm

Johnny Rivers is one of the greatest singers ever, look at the numbers. I think the reason he is not in the hall of fame is that somebody just doesn't like him. All I can say when I see a singer like,***, who had one song and I never heard of is in the hall and Johnny isn't then the hall is just a joke and means nothing./

Posted by Bob o on Saturday, 12.7.13 @ 20:38pm

cmon johnny rivers!!! he still sounds so incredible for his age...and bob dylan said he liked johnny's version of positively fourth st better than ANY cover EVER of his songs...that says it all...please put johnny rives into the hall of fame ....incredible musician!!

Posted by mary on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 20:46pm

i remember listening to johnny rivers in grade school all through college. memphis was a big hit, follwed by many others secret agent man,where have all the flowers gone,mountain of love.all the way to slow dancin. good singer who belongs in.

Posted by john jarvis on Wednesday, 06.25.14 @ 15:22pm

Johnny Rivers had a tremendous impact on the music of the 60s & 70s. He wrote, sang, produced music that is still being played today. It is a travesty that he is not recognized by the R&R Hall of Fame.

Posted by Gerald Benecke on Tuesday, 08.5.14 @ 21:19pm

Johnny Rivers is one of the uder rated Jewels of Rock n' Roll. He should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. I'm surprised they haven't inducted him already.

Posted by edgar porras on Thursday, 12.11.14 @ 01:34am

Looks like the door is closing on 60's acts, but Johnny Rivers had too many great songs to get so little notice. Hope he gets his due.

Posted by Classic Rock on Monday, 01.19.15 @ 20:43pm

I have a feeling there's some politics going on that would exclude Johnny Rivers from the Hall. He is extremely gifted and produced many hits. What's the problem?

Posted by Stephan on Saturday, 04.25.15 @ 08:13am

Yeah. There's politics going on with every middling act who hasn't been inducted when there are still A to A- acts not yet inducted.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 04.25.15 @ 20:24pm

Johnny Rivers' omission in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame is a travesty. Too many people voting that know little of the history of rock.

Posted by Paul Agne on Sunday, 05.3.15 @ 04:14am

Lou Adler wants Johnny Rivers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.21.15 @ 14:00pm

Johnny Rivers not being in the Hall is a disgrace...some real losers have been put in way ahead of his even basic consideration....what gives???? many great of my list is Poor Side of Town....and he really did put that Chuck Berry classic, Memphis, on most people's radar

Posted by WILLIE B on Monday, 11.2.15 @ 15:33pm

I can't fathom why Johnny Rivers is not in the Hall of Fame. If the powers that be do not see the talent then they're totally incompetent or is there some kind of grudge or vendetta ? It makes no rational sense !!!

Posted by RL Hopkins on Sunday, 11.15.15 @ 22:01pm

Johnny Rivers should have been in the Hall years ago. He has had a fabulous career!

Posted by Patrick Boyer on Friday, 06.24.16 @ 18:45pm


Posted by RON on Friday, 09.30.16 @ 16:54pm

What a shame guess he stepped on to many toes Is one of the all time greatest!

Posted by John on Saturday, 10.8.16 @ 13:33pm

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