MAVIS RIVERS

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Mavis Chloe Rivers’s background is as distinctive as her singing. The daughter of Moody Charles Rivers and his wife, Louisa Stehlin, she was born in Apia, Western Samoa, on 19 May 1929, into a Mormon family that blended British, French, Swiss, Chinese and Samoan ancestry. One of 13 musically gifted children, she performed in a series of family musical evenings that soon made their home an entertainment centre. Some of these were broadcast on Western Samoa’s first (short-wave) radio station, which was built by one of her uncles. As the Second World War started in the Pacific, the family moved to Pago Pago, in American Samoa, where Mavis became a mascot to thousands of American servicemen stationed there. As she sang from camp to camp, backed by her father’s band, a special switchboard telephone hook-up enabled soldiers and marines to listen in from further afield.

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MAVIS RIVERS Take a Number album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Take a Number
Vocal Jazz 1959
MAVIS RIVERS Hooray for Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hooray for Love
Vocal Jazz 1960
MAVIS RIVERS The Simple Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Simple Life
Vocal Jazz 1960
MAVIS RIVERS Swing Along With Mavis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swing Along With Mavis
Vocal Jazz 1961
MAVIS RIVERS Mavis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mavis
Vocal Jazz 1961
MAVIS RIVERS Mavis Rivers Meets Shorty Rogers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mavis Rivers Meets Shorty Rogers
Vocal Jazz 1963
MAVIS RIVERS We Remember Mildred Bailey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We Remember Mildred Bailey
Vocal Jazz 1965
MAVIS RIVERS It's A Good Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's A Good Day
Vocal Jazz 1984

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