Johnnie & Joe

Over the Mountain
#8 1957


Johnnie Louise Richardson was born on June 29, 1935, in Montgomery, Alabama, Joe Rivers was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1937. They began singing together in 1957 and released several singles on Chess Records, which were leased from J & S Records, to whom the duo were under contract. Richardson was the daughter of the J&S label owner, Zelma "Zell" Sanders, who had been a touring member of The Hearts. Three of the songs hit the U.S. singles charts. "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea", went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "I'll Be Spinning", went Top 10 R&B, both in 1957. "My Baby's Gone", a #15 R&B hit, was their last, although "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea" returned to the pop charts in 1960, peaking at #89 the second time around. Johnnie Richardson died of complications from a stroke on October 25, 1988. Joe continues to perform today with his new partner Barbara Toomer formally of the Toys.
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