Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” – Johnny Rivers

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on January 29th of 1973 Johnny Rivers received a Gold record for the Billboard #6 hit single, “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”. Huey “Piano” Smith And The Clowns had a #52 hit with it in 1957. 1972 saw the song as an international hit single for Johnny Rivers with instrumental backing from L.A. sessions musicians from the Wrecking Crew. “Rockin’ Pneumonia” reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during the winter of 1973. It was only Rivers’ fifth highest charting song, but spent much longer on the chart (19 weeks) than any of his two dozen hits to that date. On the U.S. Cash Box Top 100 the song peaked at number five, and in Canada it reached number three. Rivers’ cover of “Rockin’ Pneumonia” became his third Gold record. His last Gold record would be five years later with the 1977 hit, “Swayin’ to the Music (Slow Dancing).”