Mark Rivera was born, bread, buttered, toasted and jammed in Brooklyn, New York. When the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show, his life changed forever: "The idea of being in a band has never left my soul," said Mark, "no matter how hard I try."
Mark attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan and has been out on the road, or gigging in some dive since 1967.
In fact, Rivera just returned from the road, where he was touring with Billy Joel and Elton John, for a brief stint at home before he goes back out with Ringo as one of the All Starrs. Mark has also "had the pleasure to work with" the following: Foreigner, John Lennon, Peter Gabriel ("the recording of the horns of 'Sledge Hammer' was the most fun I ever had with my clothes on,") Simon & Garfunkel, Hall & Oats and Joe Walsh just to name a few.
Mark plays Selmer saxophones, Hammer, and Ovation Guitars, percussion, keyboards, and he sings as well.
This biography and photograph was provided by Elizabeth Freund of Brooklyn, public relations consultant and publicist for the 1997 tour of Ringo and the All-Starr Band.
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