The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays — And the jukebox kept on playing….

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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When I left College Station, Texas, on April 15, 1993, I had over 5,000 vinyl albums, about 1,000 vinyl 45s, and about 100 CDs. I took the 100 CDs with me in my 1989 Mustang GT and headed for somewhere not Texas. I drove over to Shreveport, Louisiana, up to Omaha, Nebraska, and Fargo, North Dakota, over to Seattle and Vancouver, and down to Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Bakersfield, and finally San Diego.

I stayed in San Diego and never went back to Texas. My two office managers, Nick Nichols and David Leese, and an old friend, Bill Bammel, sold everything I had and sent me the money. I understand that the vinyl records wound up at a used record store in Austin, Texas.

Here in San Diego, I restarted my music collection but with just CDs. I don’t even have the CDs anymore, just 58,000 music files. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of music on those vinyl records that has not been released on CDs or as any form of digital music. George Harrison comes immediately to mind, and how you can have music missing in the digital world from such an important musician as George Harrison is beyond me.

For today’s Music on Mondays, I’d like to share my newest digital file, bought for 99¢ last night and downloaded at the same time. It also is a song that has only recently become available as a digital download. It’s “Summer Rain” by Johnny Rivers. I’ve been singing it all day today during my hike, my home inspection, and my home inspection report.

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Summer Rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
My love, warm as the sunshine
Sitting here by me
She’s here by me

She stepped out of a rainbow
Golden hair shining like moonglow
Warm lips, soft as her soul
Sitting here by me, yeah
She’s here by me

All summer long we spent dancing in the sand
And the jukebox kept on playing
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

We sailed into the sunset
Drifting home, caught by a gulf stream
Never gave a thought for tomorrow
Just let tomorrow be, now
Let tomorrow be

She wants to live in the Rockies
She says that’s where we’ll find peace
Settle down, raise up a family
One to call our own, yeah
We’ll have a home

All summer long we spent grooving in the sand
Everybody kept on playing
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Winter snows drift by my window
North wind blowing like thunder
Our love is burning like fire
And she’s here by me, yeah
She’s here with me
Let tomorow be

“Summer Rain” was released in late 1967 and spent ten weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #14. It also would show up as a track on the 1968 album “Realization.”

If the name Johnny Rivers sounds familiar to you, you’re probably familiar with his bigger hits:

  1. “Memphis” (1964, #2)
  2. “Maybelline” (1964, #12)
  3. “Mountain of Love” (1964, #9)
  4. “Seventh Son” (1965, #7)
  5. “Secret Agent Man” (1966, #3 and one of my wise old grandmother’s favorites)
  6. “Poor Side of Town” (1966, #1)
  7. “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” (1967, #3)
  8. “The Tracks of My Tears” (1967, #10)
  9. “Rockin’ Pneumonia/Boogie Woogie Flu” (1972, #6)
  10. “Swayin’ ToThe Music (Slow Dancin’)” (1977, #10)

Johnny Rivers was born on November 7, 1942, in New York City but raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His birth name is John Ramistella. He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame but, sadly, has not been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

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26 thoughts on “Music on Mondays — And the jukebox kept on playing….

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Amazing. Paul McCartney’s latest offering is something like $9 digital download but $28.00+ in vinyl. Vinyl also doesn’t play in my car or on my mp3 player as I’m hiking out in the boondocks……….lol


        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I don’t know since I’ve never purchased, or even listened to, anything from iTunes. Anything related to Apple is off of my Christmas card list. I buy all my downloads from Amazon.

          There is a difference, though, between “download” and “buy.” If you just download songs from iTunes, Rhapsody, etc., no, they do not belong to you. If you buy them and then download them, you do own them.


  1. mydailyminefield

    I live for vinyl! And I can assure you there isn’t one used record store here in Aggieland. Only college town without a record store and an Angelika Film Theater lol! Thank goodness that Pearl Jam releases EVERYTHING on vinyl.


        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          It is nice to see some independents, Internet, and YouTube people hit the big time.

          I just bought Depeche Mode’s new CD. Most of the reviews are extremely positive, with many saying it’s their best work ever or at least their best since Violator. I don’t agree, but I’ve only had one listen to it.


          1. Glorious Mettle

            I found most of the artists I’m currently listening to via YouTube and other places on the internet. The music is so good. It’s a shame some don’t have a label yet.
            I’m gonna have to check out Depeche Mode. Thanks for the heads up.


  2. Chancy and Mumsy

    I loved listening to Johnny Rivers. My favorites were “Poor Side of Town” and “Mountain of Love”. I have not thought of him in years thanks for bringing back the memories. Hugs


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  4. tosid01

    I am only 36 soon to be 37 and haven’t heard this song in years!!!!! I remember always loving this one and ALL of Fleetwood Mac and of course Stevie Nicks! Huge Parrot Head, and Eagles, Bob Seager, Can’t get enough!


  5. InfiniteZip

    I love Johnny Rivers and I approve this post;) like Eric Burdon too….and Robbie Robertson …..the list goes on spand on;). Love your Monday music history lessons, way cool;)



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