Riviera Album Discographies
By Mike Callahan and David Edwards
Last update: October 28, 2010

The Riviera label was a short lived budget subsidiary of Modern/Crown that operated from 1959 to 1963 or so, although all their albums were first issued in 1959 and 1960. (In early 1961, Modern decided to use the Modern label instead of Riviera for this purpose, although they kept reissuing old Riviera LPs until at least 1963, and possibly later.)

The address for Riviera Records is given as 9317 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, Calif. Both the address and the similarity of label design are enough to indicate it is part of the Modern/Crown Records empire, but the cheap packaging and bumps in the vinyl leave no doubt that it was a Bihari Brothers product. Of course, they had the gall to put a blurb on the generic back cover of these albums crowing about their high recording standards. Hmmm. They forgot to mention the pressing process and the packaging.

The first label on this series, used in 1959 and 1960, was black with silver printing, with "Riviera RECORDS" in silver above the center hole, "HIGH FIDELITY" in silver on the left side and "LONG PLAYING 33 1/3" in silver on the right. The second label, used starting in 1961, was black with silver printing, with "Riviera RECORDS" in white above the center hole with a three-color logo, "HIGH FIDELITY" in white on the left side and "LONG PLAYING 33 1/3" in white on the right. Stereo albums had "STEREO" in red around the bottom of the label. These labels were very similar to the Crown labels used during the same time periods.

Mono albums were issued in the R0001 series, while stereo issues used the STR001 series. The stereo issues had a generic jacket back that gave technical "data" on stereo, a new concept in 1959.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Riviera or Modern Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2000, 2010 by Mike Callahan.



Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

Riviera R0001 (mono)/STR001 (stereo) Main Series:

R0001/STR001 - Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet/Selections from Nutcracker Suite and Lohengrin - Vienna Symphony Orchestra [1959]

R0002/STR002 - Music from Oklahoma and Others - Studio Group [1959] Oklahoma/The Surrey With The Fringe On Top/Oh What A Beautiful Morning//Can Can/Paris Night Life/Autumn In Paris/Under Paris Stars/Sad Pierre

R0003/STR003 - Salute To the Big Bands - Studio Group [1959]

R0004/STR004 - World's Greatest Overtures - Studio Group [1959]

R0005/STR005 - I Love You Truly - Ink Spots [1959] I Love You Truly/Shine On Harvest Moon/When You Were Sweet Sixteen/You Tell Me Your Dream//Frankie And Johnny/When The Saints Go Marching In/East Side West Side/Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie

R0006/STR006 - Cha Cha Chas and Merengues - Chico Lopez & His Orchestra [1959] Tu Cuerpo Cha-Cha-Cha/Celoso Bolero (Cha-Cha)/San Antonio Merengue/Tu Boca Chiquita (Cha-Cha)/Arriba Cha-Cha-Cha/Te Vi Merengue/Tu Bien Lo Sabes (Cha-Cha)/En Un Baile Cha-Cha-Cha/Tu Tu Cha-Cha-Cha/Merengue Apandiyao (Merengue)/Merengue Caliente (Instrumental)/Sabrosito (Cha-Cha-Cha)

R0007/STR007 - The Singing Swinging Banjo - Studio Group [1959] Buffalo Gal/In Old Virginny/Yankee Doodle Dandy/Oh, Susanna/Grand Old Flag/Rings On Her Fingers/Dixie/Saints Come Marching In/Shine On Harvest Moon/Clementine

R0008/STR008 - Fabulous Harmonica - The Yama Mama Man [1959] Artist is probably Danny Welton. Silver Threads Among The Gold/Wabash/Long Long Trail/H-A-R-R-I-G-A-N/Give My Regards To Broadway//Cuddle Up A Littler Closer/Frankie And Johnny/Danube Waves/Samson And Delilah

R0009/STR009 - Hymns We Love - Studio Group [1959]

R0010/STR010 - Mambo In Havana - Studio Group [1959] Mambeat/Barapipi/Mambo Lindo/Oriental Mambo/Esy Petsy/Swinging With Humberto/Morales Minuet/Blue Danube Mambo/Isla Verde/Papa Luccioni/Long Hair Mambo/Mambish/Minute Waltz Mambo

R0011/STR011 - Fantasy Land - Studio Group [1959]

R0012/STR012 - In the Glenn Miller Mood - Studio Group [1959] Little Brown Jug/Anvil Chorus, Part 1/Anvil Chorus, Part 2/Double Eagle/Volga Boatman/Londonderry Air/Johhny Comes Marching Home/Battle Hymn Of The Republic/Anitra's Dance/American Patrol

R0013/STR013 - Swinging On Broadway - Studio Group [1959] Same cover picture as the Don, Dick and Jimmy album released on Modern LMP-1205/Crown CLP-5005, but with different songs. Ciribiribin/When The Saints Go Marching In/Polonaise/Dream Street/Manhattan Blues/Times Square/Broadway By Night/Battle Hymn Of The Republic/Broadway And Seventh/Schubert Alley

R0014/STR014 - Polka Time - Studio Group [1959] Label gives album title as just Polkas. Clarinet Polka/Hop Scotch Polka/Whoopie Shoopie/Favorite Polka/Tinker Polka//White Eagle Waltz/Band Leader Polka/Darling Lady Polka/Conchita Polka/Rosita Rhinelander/Mexican Hat Dance

R0015/STR015 - Honky Tonk Classics - Ragtime Sue [1959] Grieg Concerto/Chopin Nocturne/Paderewski Minuet/Schubert Serenade/Toreador Song/"New World" Largo//Mozart Sonata/Madame Butterfly/Tchaikovsky Melodie/Valse Lente/La Donna Mobile/Turkish March

R0016/STR016 - Garden of Love - Studio Group [1959]

R0017/STR017 - Scheherazade - Studio Group [1959]

R0018/STR018 - The Best of Ballet - Studio Group [1959]

R0019/STR019 - Tangos of the Argentine - Raphael Valdez Orchestra [1959]

R0020/STR020 - Gay 90s - Pierre Duval & His Orchestra [1959] What's The Use Of Dreaming/Bell In The Lighthouse Is Ringing/It's Delightful To Be Married/Marie From Sunny Italy/Sunshine Of Paradise Alley/Bluebonnet Sue/My Gal Sal/Goodbye My Lady Love/Waiting At The Church/Hello My Baby/Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay

R0021/STR021 - Mid-Night In Mexico - Studio Group [1959]

R0022/STR022 - Campfire Songs - Studio Group [1959] Red River Valley/Get Along Little Doggie/Lone Prairie/Old Chisholm Trail/Skip To My Lou/Oh Susannah/Blue Tail Fly/Home On The Range/Rock Candy Mountain/(others)

R0023/STR023 - Mambo Cha Cha Cha - Studio Group [1959] Two Guitars/Frankie And Johnny/Dark Eyes/Evening Hour/Poco Pelo//Mabo Bomba/Hey Hey Hey/Hermisillo/Eso Es El Amor/Un Aventuta Mas

R0024/STR024 - Swing Your Partner: 12 Square Dances with Calls - Studio Group [1959] Pop Goes The Weasel/The Campbell's Are Coming/Ricketts Reel/Money Music/Darlin' Nellie Gray/Rosie Lee//Sally Goodin/Skip To My Lou/Ragtime Annie/Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight/Promenade Through Georgia/When The Work's All Done This Fall

R0025/STR025 - Opera Arias - Studio Group [1959]

R0026/STR026 - Strings Around the World - Barcelona Strings [1959] Esatrellita/Lovers Of Paris/Dancing In Castile/Chianti Love Song/Neopolitan Serenade/On The Shores Of The Riviera/La Cucaracha/Tales From The Vienna Woods/La Calinda

R0027/STR027 - Big Band Swings the Classics - Studio Group [1959] Anchors Away/New World/On Brave Old Army Team/Claire De Lune/Peanut Vendor/Evening Star/Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair/Battle Hymn Of The Republic

R0028/STR028 - Taboo - Studio Group [1959] Asiwanda/Elunde/You Couie/Sha Sha Calor/Fukiiya//Yarbon/Ah De Vous/Ben Je Engay/Dedication/Ayilongo

R0029/STR029 - Barber Shop Quartet Favorites - Studio Group [1959] For He's A Jolly Good Fellow/Swing Low Sweet Chariot/I Want A Girl/I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair/Old MacDonald Had A Farm/Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen/While Strolling Through The Park One Day/Home On The Range/Tavern In The Town/Annie Rooney/In The Good Old Summertime/Beautiful Dreamer/I've Been Working On The Railroad/Clementine/Cradle Song

R0030/STR030 - The Swinging 30's - Studio Group [1959] Paris Swing/London Swing/Haiti Swing/Hong Kong Swing/Pin A Rose On Me/Goodbye Little Girl/Mr. Dooley/Bill Bailey/Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries/I Don't Care

R0031/STR031 - Midnight in Paris - Pierre Duval & His Orchestra [1959] Cocktails Champs Elysies/Rue De La Pax/Left Bank Lovers/Lovers Only/Love On The Siene/Paris Paradise/L'Ame Des Accordions/Quando Vien La Sera/Souvenir Du Limoisien/Surprise Musette/Bal Des Verganges

R0032/STR032 - Swinging Stephen Foster - Studio Group [1959]

R0033/STR033 - The Soul of Spain - Studio Group [1959] Aye, Aye, Aye/Cielito Lindo/El Relicario/La Paloma/Clavelitos//Habenera/Gypsy Dance/Espana/Capprico Espanol

R0034/STR034 - Big Band Cha Cha Cha - Studio Group [1959] Yama-Yama Man/Twilight In Barakeech/La Cucaracha/Flamingo Cha Cha Cha/Cha Cha Amigo//Cha Cha Rooney/Donde Estavos/Que Templar De Mas/Un Poquito

R0035/STR035 - Holiday In Rio - Studio Group [1959] Caminando/Pyrriman/Paraiso De Amor/Mr. Destiny/Conga Conga/Corizon Herido/Mulatinata/La Conga Pasa/Moonlight In Rio/Cumana

R0036/STR036 - Organ Fantasy in Hi-Fi - Studio Group [1959] Although this is the same cover photo used for RPM-3008/Crown CLP-5023, the songs are different. Kiss Me Again/Rose Of The World/Toyland/Gypsy Love Song/Absinthe Frappe/East Side West Side/Yesterthoughts/Moonbeams/Pan Americana/March Of The Toys

R0037/STR037 - The Dorsey Touch - Studio Group [1959] La Cinquitaine/Traumerei/Drigo's Serenade/Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto/Poem By Fibich/Hymn To The Sun/Romance In E Flat/Mattinata/Polovetzian Dances/Schubert Serenade

R0038/STR038 - Waltz Time In Vienna - Studio Group [1959]

R0039/STR039 - Dixieland - Dixieland Bear Cats [1959] When The Saints Go Marching In/My Wild Irish Rose/There Is A Tavern In The Town/Carry Me Back To Old Virginny/Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie/I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair/Lassa's Trombone/Thunder And Blazes/Billboard

R0040/STR040 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Studio Group [1959]

R0041/STR041 - Christmas Carols - Studio Group [1959] O Holy Night/Joy to the World/We Three Kings/Deck the Halls/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Silent Night/O Come All Ye Faithful/Away in a Manger/The First Noel/O Little Town of Bethlehem/It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/Hark the Herald Angels Sing

R0042/STR042 - Merry Christmas - Studio Group [1959]

R0043/STR043 - Hawaiian Luau - Studio Group [1960] Pulupe/Maui & Maui Girl/Hawaiian War Chant/Luau Lei/Kula Hu/Makala Pua/Drowsy Waters/Ava Chant/Loch Lomond/Aloha Oe

R0044/STR044 - Organ In Hi-Fi - Johnnie Johnson [1960] La Paloma/La Cumparsita/Dengozo/Spanish Dance/Chipanecas/La Golandrina/El Relicario

R0045/STR045 - Cocktail Time - Eddie Welsh & His Orchestra [1960] So You Think It's Love/If You Love Me/La Cumparsita/Heavenly/My Love/Two More Please/Will Love Remain/Easy/Dream Time/Tender Heart

R0046/STR046 - The Ink Spots - Ink Spots [1960] Reissue of Riviera R0005/STR005. I Love You Truly/Shine On Harvest Moon/When You Were Sweet Sixteen/You Tell Me Your Dream/Frankie And Johnny/When The Saints Go Marching In/East Side West Side/Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie

R0047/STR047 - The Fabulous Paul Anka - Paul Anka and Others [1960] I Confess/Cherry Pie/My Desire/Tick Tock/Girl of My Dreams//Blau-Wile-Deveest Fontaine/Mary Lou/Don't Feel Sorry For Me/Oop Shoop/Please Love Me

R0048/STR048 - Flamenco - Pedro Sanchez Orchestra [1960] Sueño Español/Noche En Sevilla/Danza Andaluza/Salud Senor Gordon/Bravo Matador//Danza Flamenca/Soledad/Cancion Sentimetal/Obstinacion/Cancion De Amor

R0049/STR049 - Jazz Jazz Jazz - Various Artists [1960] Artists include Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Ben Webster, Buddy Collette, Teddy Edwards, "and many others." Jazz Heat/Way Out/Freezing/End Of The Line/Blue Night/That's It/Riding High/Moody And Blue

R0050/STR050 - Honky Tonk Piano - "Fingers" Mahoney [1960] Reissue of Crown CLP- 5037 with the artist's name changed. When You Wore A Tulip/Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet/In The Good Old Summertime/Bicycle Built For Two/When You And I Were Young Maggie/Swanee River/Eyes Of Texas//My Gal Sal/Sweet Adeline/I Want A Girl/Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes/Auld Lang Syne/Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair/Merrily We Roll ASlong

R0051/STR051 - Country and Western - Studio Group [1960]

R0052/STR052 - Blues In My Heart - Various Artists [1960] You Upset Me - B.B. King/Girl of My Dreams - Jesse Belvin/Dust My Blues - Elmore James/It's Midnight - Little Willie Littlefield/No Rolling Blues - Jimmy Witherspoon//Good Rocking Daddy - Etta James/No More Doggin' Roscoe Gordon/Blues After Hours - Pee Wee Crayton/Eddie My Love - Teen Queens/Blow Joe Blow - Joe Houston

R0053/STR053 - Square Dance - Red River Promenaders [1960] Inky Dinky Parley Vous/Caballero/Round And Round Ho Down/Promenade/Darling Nellie Grey/Opposite Jitterbug/Four Around/Red River Gal/Bird In The Cage

R0054/STR054 - Music For Dreaming - Studio Group [1960] Your Tender Lips/I Love You/Till Dawn/Aloha Oe//Can Can/Musetta's Waltz/Ida/La Paloma

Thanks to Arnold Medalen and Tim Chouinard.

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