Johnny Rivers catalogue of singles during the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s was the equal to just about any American solo artist. Led by the number one hit, “Poor Side Of Twon,” they sold tens of millions of copies.
He had a commercial down turn in the late 1960s. While the quality of his material remained high, they did not chart as high as his classic work during, 1964-1967.
“These Are Not My People” was a Joe South composition and Rivers gave it a gritty and sparse performance. Released during early 1969, it peaked at number 55.
He would have a commercial comeback during the 1970s and has continued to tour and record down to the present day.