Dick Rivers

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Dick Rivers (born Hervé Fornieri, 24 April 1945) is a French singer and actor who has been performing since the early 1960s. He was an important figure in introducing rock and roll music in France. He is known for being an admirer of Elvis Presley, who highly influenced both his singing and looks. His stage name came from the character, Deke Rivers, that Presley played in his second film, Loving You (1957). Rivers was born in the 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 February 1961, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Rivers concert at the Palais des Sports de Paris, whilst headlining with Vince Taylor, had turned into a full-scale riot. Rivers left Les Chats Sauvages in 1962 to pursue a solo career. His latest album, Mister D, is scheduled for release in October 2011.