Poor Side of Town
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|"Poor Side Of Town"|
|Single by Johnny Rivers|
|from the album "Changes"|
|B-side||"A Man Can Cry" (non-LP track)|
|Genre||Rock and roll|
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.
In 1983, country music singer Joe Stampley covered Poor Side of Town which was a track release as a single from the Backslidin' album.
- Lead Vocals by Johnny Rivers.
- Background Vocals by The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, and Jean King.
- Written by Johnny Rivers and Lou Adler.
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