Johnny Rivers – Outside Help (1977)


Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella; November 7, 1942) is an American rock ‘n’ roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His repertoire includes pop, folk, blues, and old-time rock ‘n’ roll. Rivers charted during the 1960s and 1970s but remains best known for a string of hit singles between 1964 and 1968.

In 1964, when the British Invasion was in progress and American rockers were tough to find on the U.S. pop charts, Johnny Rivers was one of the first to regain a foothold; his first Top 10 record came right in the midst of Beatlemania. His formula was much the same as the British style vintage American rock n’ roll and R&B played with a verve and simplicity that gave his music a contemporary edge. Over the next four years his funky, go-go rock gave him a steady stream of Top 10 records. His first #1 record came when, against the advice of the record company, he abruptly switched gears and began cutting ballads.

In the 1970s Rivers continued to record more songs and albums that were successes with music critics, but did not sell well. Rivers’ last Top 10 entry was his 1977 recording of “Swayin’ to the Music (Slow Dancing)” originally released by Funky Kings and written by Jack Tempchin. Rivers’ last Hot 100 entry, also in 1977, was “Curious Mind (Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um),” originally released by Major Lance and written by Curtis Mayfield.  Both songs were taken from his 1977 album “Outside Help”. In addition, Rivers recorded the title song for the late night concert-influenced TV show The Midnight Special.


1.  Outside Help  (3:22)
Written-By – Johnny Rivers, Robyn Knapton
2.  Swayin’ To The Music  (3:58)
Written-By – Jack Tempchin
3.  Curious Mind (Um Um Um Um Um Um)  (3:05)
Written-By – Curtis Mayfield
4.  For You  (3:54)
Written-By – Will Jennings
5.  Monkey Time  (3:15)
Written-By – Curtis Mayfield
6.  One Last Dance (For The Melody)  (3:44)
Written-By – Wayne Berry
7.  Ashes And Sand  (4:05)
Written-By – Johnny Rivers
8.  Rotation  (5:37)
Written-By – Michael Georgiades
9.  Flying Away With You  (4:28)
Written-By – Johnny Rivers, Wayne Berry

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Released:  1977
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Soft Rock, Classic Rock, Pop Rock
Length: 36:05

Label – Soul City Records

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