Dick Rivers, French rock and roll singer, Died at 74

Dick Rivers was born on April 24, 1945, and died on April 24, 2019; he was a French singer and actor who has been performing since the early 1960s.

He was an essential figure in introducing rock and roll music in France.

Dick is known for being an admirer of Elvis Presley, who profoundly influenced both his singing and looks.


Dick stage name came from the character, Deke Rivers, that Presley played in his second film, Loving You (1957).

Dick was born in Nice, France, and started his music career in 1961 as the lead singer of the band Les Chats Sauvages, cutting his first record on his fifteenth birthday.

In 1961, the British music magazine, NME, reported that a Rivers concert with his group Les Chats Sauvages at the Palais des Sports de Paris, while headlining with Vince Taylor, had turned into a full-scale riot.

Dick left Les Chats Sauvages in 1962 to pursue a solo career. His last album, Rivers, was released in 2014.

Dick Rivers passed away at the age of 74.