Johnnie & Joe

Genres: Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": oldies 50s vocal american 60s male rock and roll Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

This US R&B duo featured Johnnie Louise Richardson (d. 25 October 1988) and Joe Rivers (Charleston, South Carolina, USA). Emerging from the Bronx, New York, USA, they were famed for their sublime doo-wop-flavoured ballads, notably ‘Over The Mountain, Across The Sea’ (number 3 R&B/number 8 pop, 1957), one of the most memorable and enduring early rock ‘n’ roll hits. Richardson was the daughter of Zelma ‘Zell’ Sanders, the owner of J&S Records. Sanders teamed her up with Rivers and one of the great blends of voices was born. Most of the duo’s records were leased to the Chicago-based Chess Records, who were able to distribute the records nationally. Other great Johnnie And Joe singles included their first hit, ‘I’ll Be Spinning’ (number 10 R&B, 1957) and ‘My Baby’s Gone, On, On’ (number 15 R&B, 1957). Johnnie And Joe songs were especially popular in the Hispanic community, particularly...

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