Johnny Rivers had the knack of taking other people’s songs and turning them into his own unique creations.
“Rockin’ Pneumonia And Boogie Woogie Flu” was originally released during 1957 by Huey “Piano” Smith and his backing group, The Clowns. It was a huge Rhythm & Blues hit selling over one million copies. Smith was (currently retired at age 77) a New Orleans boogie style pianist.
Rivers transferred the song to a rock ‘n’ roll sound and it remains one of the more rocking performances of his career. Released October 7, 1972, it reached number six on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It proved that a good song always remains a good song when performed by a good artist.