Re: Johnny Rivers Song
Posted by Little Rich on 11/8/2017, 1:16 am, in reply to "Johnny Rivers Song"
Though I can't claim to be an expert, I REALLY appreciate Jimmy Webb as one of the greatest, and under-rated, songwriting artists of all time. Not far behind him, IMHO, are Johnny Rivers and the 5th Dimension. There was a very close business connection between Johnny, Jimmy and the 5th Dimension - Johnny the record producer and recording artist; Jimmy the songwriter and recording artist; and The 5th Dimension as a first rate group looking for music to record. Eleventh Song was on Johnny Rivers' 1967 Rewind album, coincidentally his eleventh album; 8 of the 12 songs on that album were written by Jimmy Webb. So, in 1993 Rivers released a single-disc collection covering all 23 songs from two LPs, Changes and Rewind. In 2000, Rivers' released still another single-disc collection covering all the songs on Rewind and the Realization album. These are the only Johnny Rivers albums that included The Eleventh Song. The original Realization and Changes albums did not include The Eleventh Song, but the collections, since they included the songs from the Rewind album, DID include The Eleventh Song. The 5th Dimension's 3rd album, Stoned Soul, included their cover of The Eleventh Song. The Eleventh Song is nearly instrumental with the only lyrics (besides heavy "doo, doo, doo" thickly interspersed through the instrumental) are "What A Groovy Day it turned out to be" - coincidentally, happen to be the subtitle (What A Groovy Day). All this was happening within a two yr period of time: Johnny signed the 5th Dimension and Jimmy Webb about the same time. In fact the Dimension's 2nd album, Magic Garden, was virtually (all but 1 track) all Jimmy Webb music. Not to mention that 5 of the 12 tracks on their first album, Up, Up and Away, was Webb music including their first big hit, the album title track. I have to say that Rivers knew good talent when he saw it. |
: Happy Birthday to Johnny Rivers !!!! In 1968
: Rivers released an album called Realization.
: I saw him along with James Hendricks at the
: Monterey Fairgrounds that year. I'm trying
: to find out who was the backup vocal group,
: the newly discovered Fifth Dimension or
: Darlene Love and The Blossoms. There was a
: song called The Eleventh Song on the album
: which was mostly an instrumental I think it
: may have been a Jimmy Webb composition ???
: HELP !!!