Poor Side Of Town

Album: Greatest Hits (1966)
Charted: 1
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  • How can you tell me how much you miss me
    When the last time I saw you, you wouldn't even kiss me
    That rich guy you've been seein'
    Must have put you down
    So welcome back baby
    To the poor side of town

    To him you were nothin' but a little plaything
    Not much more than an overnight fling
    To me you were the greatest thing this boy had ever found
    And girl it's hard to find nice things
    On the poor side of town

    I can't blame you for tryin'
    I'm tryin' to make it too
    I've got one little hang up baby
    I just can't make it without you

    So tell me, are you gonna stay now
    Will you stand by me girl all the way now
    Oh with you by my side
    They just can't keep us down
    Together we can make it girl
    From the poor side of town

    (So tell me how much you love me)
    (Come be near to me and say you need me now)

    Oh, with you by my side
    This world can't keep us down
    Together we can make it baby
    From the poor side of town Writer/s: JOHNNY RIVERS, LOU ADLER
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Rugg from New Paltz NyMy understanding was that Glen Campbell was given By The Time I Get To Phoenix by Johnny Rivers. rivers already had a single out when radio started playing the album cut,so he called Campbell and they used Rivers arrangement to get the song out as quickly as possible. So he came close to releasing one of Webb’s songs,he just did it with someone else’s voice.
  • M.c. from ChicagoSong #102 on my Desert Island Jukebox. My list of my 300 favorite pop singles of the 1960's, without question the most eclectic decade in the history of pop music.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 8, 1969, a video of Al Wilson performed his covered version of "The Poor Side of Town" was aired on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #82 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the two previous weeks it was at #75, that was also it's peak position on the chart, and it spent four weeks on the Top 100...
    Johnny Rivers' original version of "The Poor Side of Town" peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on November 6th, 1966...
    Country singer Joe Stampley covered the song in 1983, his version peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
    Between 1968 and 1976 Al Wilson had eight records on the Top 100 chart, one made the Top 10, "Show and Tell", it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on January 13th, 1974...
    Mr. Wilson, born Allen LaMar Wilson, passed away at the age of 68 on April 21st, 2008...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Doug from MaineThe background vocals were by The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King. The only one of the three (so far) with her own Wikipedia page is Darlene Love, who is also an actress. She played Det. Roger Murtaugh's (Danny Glover) wife in the "Lethal Weapon" series with Mel Gibson.
    "Poor Side of Town" is probably my favorite Johnny Rivers song. Great little guitar riff at the end of the verses. I gotta learn that one.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 27th 1966, Johnny Rivers performed "Poor Side of Town" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two weeks later on September 11th, 1966 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on November 6th, 1966 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on November 21st, 1966 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
    It was the song that replaced the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" at the top of the Top 100 chart...
    Between 1964 and 1978 he had twenty-nine Top 100 records; nine made the Top 10, his next biggest hit was his debut record, "Memphis", it peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on July 5th, 1964...
    In 1969 Al Wilson covered “Poor Side of Town”; his version stayed on the Top 100 for 4 weeks, peaking at #75…
    Mr. Rivers, born John Henry Ramistella, will celebrated his 72nd birthday in three months on November 7th {2014}.
  • Susan from Atlanta, GaI wish more Johnny Rivers songs were features on this site, such as "Summer Rain" and "Rockin' Pneumonia" and "Baby I Need Your Lovin'".
    I was a fan of both Johnny Rivers and Jimmy Webb long before I ever knew of their connection to one another. I have always felt sad that Johnny never released any Jimmy Webb songs as singles, and until seeing Matthew's comments, I wasn't even aware he had ever recorded any of them. Must go check them out. (Thanks, Matthew.)
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnThe only hit song composed by Rivers himself, as far as I know. Gorgeous arrangement, wistful lyrics, great vocal performance by Rivers who sings each and every word ever so clearly. A tremendous one-time effort; too bad he couldn't follow it up with another personal compostion. Stylistically, his arrangement of "Baby I Need Your Lovin'," which comes right after, was very much in the same vein. Rivers turned to Jimmy Webb for material down the line, and recorded several titles, but surprisingly never released any of them as singles.
  • Ricky from Newport Beach, CaJust a great song. Professionally arranged! Marty Paich clearly had the touch. The harmony of the strings and vocals is marvelous...it takes you directly to the love the singer has for the girl and represents her feelings. Always loved this song...very emotional.
  • Wayne from Salem, VaI'm 48 and soon to be 49. I love oldies from my youth. And Johnny Rivers did some good ones. If this song doesn't take you back to the 1960's. Then I don't know what will. A very good song.
  • Mrcleaveland from Cleveland,Gorgeous background harmonies.
  • Ian from Chicago, IlGreat song. One of my all time favorites! Very emotional. It takes me back everytime.
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