The album included some of the psychedelic influences of the time and marked a subtle change in Rivers' musical direction, with more introspective songs including "Look To Your Soul" and "Going Back to Big Sur". Reggae (1972), reached the LP chart as a result of the #6 hit "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu," a cover version of the Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns song. 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.
Burton later recommended one of Rivers' songs, "I'll Make Believe", to Nelson who recorded it.They met in Los Angeles in 1961, where Rivers subsequently found work as a songwriter and studio musician.He also started his own record company, Soul City Records which included the 5th Dimension, whose recording of "Wedding Bell Blues" was a #1 hit for the new label.In addition, Rivers is credited with giving songwriter Jimmy Webb a major break when the 5th Dimension recorded his song "Up, Up, and Away".His big break came in 1963, when he filled in for a jazz combo at Gazzarri's, a nightclub in Hollywood, where his instant popularity drew large crowds.
The subsequent British Invasion knocked almost every American artist off the top of the charts, but Rivers was so popular that record producer Lou Adler decided to issue Johnny Rivers Live at the Whisky A Go Go, According to Elvis Presley's friend and employee, Alan Fortas, Presley played a test pressing of "Memphis" for Rivers that Presley had made but not released. Sloan and Steve Barri on a theme song for the American broadcast of a British television series Danger Man, starring Patrick Mc Goohan.
Rivers continued to record more hits covering other artists, including "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" released by the Four Tops, and "The Tracks of My Tears" by the Miracles, both going Top 10 in 1967.
In 1968, Rivers put out Realization, a #5 album that included the #14 pop chart single "Summer Rain", written by a former member of the Mugwumps, James Hendricks. and "Help Me Rhonda" in 1975, (originally a #1 hit for the Beach Boys), on which Brian Wilson sang back-up vocals.
But behind the scenes he admits that he was not only wildly inappropriate on the set — he also he slept in the same bed with heartthrob John Stamos.
Full House: The cast of the wildly successful show, which was on the air for eight years, included (clockwise from bottom left) Jodie Sweetin, one of the two Olsen twins, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Candace Cameron ‘Cameras were rolling and one of the young ladies had made a poop, which had to be removed or we would have been holding a child with a smashed-poo-filled diaper for a long scene.
Rivers was impressed and, much to Presley's chagrin, Rivers recorded and released it, even copying the arrangement (Fortas writes: "After that, Johnny was on Elvis's shit list" and was persona non grata from then on). At first Rivers balked at the idea but eventually changed his mind.