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Mavis Chloe Rivers (19 May 1929 – 29 May 1992) was a Samoan and New Zealand jazz singer. She was born in Apia, Samoa in 1929, as one of thirteen children to a musical family.[1][2]

In 1955 she moved to the United States. She married Glicerio Reyes "David" Catingub, a Filipino singer and bass player, in that year, and they had two sons, Matt, a musician and arranger, and Reynaldo. She died in 1992 due to a stroke after a concert in Los Angeles.[1][3]

She was a nominee for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1960.


  • Take a Number (Capitol, 1959)
  • The Simple Life (Capitol, 1960)
  • Hooray for Love (Capitol, 1960)
  • Swing Along with Mavis (Reprise, 1961)
  • Mavis (Reprise, 1961)
  • Mavis Meets Shorty with Shorty Rogers (Reprise, 1963)
  • We Remember Mildred Bailey with Red Norvo (Vee Jay, 1965)
  • It's a Good Day (Delos, 1984)

As guestEdit

With Matt Catingub

  • My Mommy and Me (Sea Breeze, 1983)
  • Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band (Reference, 1984)
  • High Tech Big Band (Sea Breeze, 1985)
  • I'm Getting Cement All Over You (Ewe) (Sea Breeze, 1991)

With others

  • Alfred Newman, Ken Darby, Ports of Paradise (Capitol, 1960)
  • Red Norvo, The Red Norvo Quintet (Studio West, 1990)


  1. ^ a b Rivers, Shane. "Mavis Chloe Rivers". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "AllMusic Mavis Rivers". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Mavis Rivers, 63; Jazz Singer". The Los Angeles Times. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 17 September 2018.