The Rivingtons were a West Coast vocal group whose lineup featured Al Frazier, Carl White, John "Sonny" Harris, and Turner "Rocky" Wilson Jr.
People mostly discover their existence when they hear one of the group's three hits, "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow," "Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow (The Bird)," and "The Bird's the Word," which are much, much better known in their composite re-recording by the Trashmen (as "Surfin' Bird"). And when they hear the Rivingtons' version, they're inevitably surprised by the fine singing and superb R&B phrasing, miles away from the Trashmen's pre-punk stylings.
Their version of the song was just as nonsensical, but it had amazing class and panache, and it's more than that -- it's part of a story of superb singing, bird dances and surfin' birds, great dances and even better times, before the world of the 1960s got all dark and serious and too dangerous for good clean fun.
The Rivingtons - Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
The Rivingtons - Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow (The Bird)
The Rivingtons - The Bird's The Word
Oh yeah, almost forgot...Don't drike coke tonight.
Happy Paddys Day to you all (2 years of being drunk in Dublin...my liver still hurts).
Pogue Mahone to the rest.
The Pogues - Battle Of Brisbane (Live)