POOR SIDE OF TOWN B/W A MAN CAN CRY BY JOHNNY RIVERS 1966

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Johnny Rivers - Poor Side Of Town / A Man Can Cry - Imperial - USA - 66205
Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town / A Man Can Cry – Imperial – USA – 66205

“Poor Side of Town” is a song by Johnny Rivers that reached No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and on the RPM Canadian Chart in November 1966.

It was a very important record for Johnny Rivers and represented a change from the musical style (characterized by a Go Go sound), that provided him with his early hits and acclaim. With “Poor Side of Town”, Rivers moved into the pop-soul style.
The melody is a soulful version of California-based pop, with some strong folk elements as well. Marty Paich provided the song’s string arrangement.
There are two versions of the song. The single edit version fades out earlier, in order to avoid repetition, due to its length, following the repeated lyric line: “Oh with you by my side”. The longer version goes on, finishing up the verse, and following the repeated guitar riff, repeats the sung introduction of the scatting, before the song fades out.

Notice the background vocals by The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King

Personnel:
Lead Vocals and Guitar by Johnny Rivers
Piano by Larry Knechtel
Bass by Joe Osborn
Drums by Hal Blaine
Background Vocals by The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King.
Written by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler
Produced by Lou Adler
Poor Side Of Town b/w A Man Can Cry by Johnny Rivers 1966 – Imperial – USA – 66205
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Johnny Rivers-” Poor Side of Town”

Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town / A Man Can Cry – Imperial – USA – 66205
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Johnny Rivers – A Man Can Cry

Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town / A Man Can Cry – Imperial – USA – 66205

Thanks Rich!!!
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