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(Fuel) 16 tracks (64:51) from the archives of Gulf Coast Music, linernotes by Bill Dahl,... more

Johnny Adams: An Introduction To Johnny Adams (CD)

(Fuel) 16 tracks (64:51) from the archives of Gulf Coast Music, linernotes by Bill Dahl, remastering by Jesse Fishman.
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Blessed with a grand, sophisticated vocal technique and a humongous range spanning several octaves that sometimes leaped into a stratospheric falsetto, Johnny Adams traveled a stylistic path approximately
180 degrees removed from the infectious New Orleans rhythm and blues of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and Lloyd Price.
Seldom did Adams' music incorporate the joyous syncopated second-line rhythms indigenous to the Crescent City. He was a world-class soul balladeer whose approach oozed style and subtlety.
(...from the linernotes)

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  • Interpret: Johnny Adams

  • Album titlle: An Introduction To Johnny Adams (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label FUEL 2000

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0030206161526

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Adams, Johnny - An Introduction To Johnny Adams (CD) CD 1
01 After All The Good Is Gone Johnny Adams
02 The Best Of Luck To You Johnny Adams
03 Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You Johnny Adams
04 Your Love Is All I Need Johnny Adams
05 A Shoulder To Cry On Johnny Adams
06 Who Will The Next Fool Be Johnny Adams
07 Hell Yes I Cheated Johnny Adams
08 I Only Want To Be With You Johnny Adams
09 Give Me A Chance Johnny Adams
10 Share Your Love With Me Johnny Adams
11 Struttin' On Sunday Johnny Adams
12 I'll Never Fall In Love Again Johnny Adams
13 Love Letters Johnny Adams
14 Thinking About You Johnny Adams
15 Love Me Now Johnny Adams
16 Sharing You Johnny Adams
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Johnny Adams

Reconsider Me

Johnny Adams

Reconsider Me

 

They called Johnny Adams the Tan Canary around his New Orleans homebase, so mellifluous were his rich, burnished tones. In a city with a musical legacy built around the funky second-line parade beat, Adams was a classy balladeer with a multi-octave range whose melismatic pipes were capable of swooping down into a deep baritone and then up to a falsetto with the greatest of ease.

Born January 5, 1932 in the Big Easy, the rail-thin Adams got a late start in the music biz because he was busy singing in service of the Lord. His secular jump in 1959 came at the behest of his neighbor, composer Dorothy LaBostrie (she'd cleaned up the lyrics to Little Richard's Tutti-Frutti). "She always knew I could sing, so she just decided to ask," said the late Adams. She wrote him the tasty ballad I Won't Cry, produced by a young Mac 'Dr. John' Rebennack for Joe Ruffino's Ric label. Johnny had a local hit his first time out, and more fine Ric 45s followed. "I was more or less just a singer then," he said. "I wasn't an artist. I was just a singer."  Rebennack co-wrote the Ray Charles-tinged A Losing Battle, which did dent the R&B charts on Ric in 1962.

Adams was part of a Crescent City contingent that journeyed up to Detroit in '63 to audition for Berry Gordy (others included Earl King and Chris Kenner). But Ruffino reportedly threatened a lawsuit, knocking a Motown deal off the table. After Ruffino's death, Johnny's contract went to Joe Assunto at Watch Records. There he revived Release Me, a country classic that first hit for Jimmy Heap in 1954. "We just heard that playing, between Esther Phillips and Engelbert Humperdinck," said Adams. "We just decided to do it." Shelby Singleton's Nashville-based SSS International logo picked it up in '68, and Adams joined a long list of singers to hit with the weeper.

The gut-wrenching soul ballad Reconsider Me, penned by Singleton staffers Mira Smith and Margaret Lewis and cut in Nashville, proved Johnny's biggest SSS hit, sailing to #8 R&B and #28 pop. "These ladies were doing a lot of writing for Jo Jo Benson and Peggy Scott at the time," said Adams. "You know, changing country songs into blues." Lewis and Smith also supplied his next hit, I Can't Be All Bad.

Beginning in 1983, Johnny reached a new demographic at Rounder Records. He gave the songbooks of Percy Mayfield and Doc Pomus album-length examinations, exquisitely delving into contrasting blues and jazz material without ever faltering. "They got a whole lot of New Orleans music," Adams reasoned. "I try to make mine different when I can." Prostate cancer killed him on September 14, 1998. 

- Bill Dahl -

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Tracklist
Adams, Johnny - An Introduction To Johnny Adams (CD) CD 1
01 After All The Good Is Gone
02 The Best Of Luck To You
03 Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
04 Your Love Is All I Need
05 A Shoulder To Cry On
06 Who Will The Next Fool Be
07 Hell Yes I Cheated
08 I Only Want To Be With You
09 Give Me A Chance
10 Share Your Love With Me
11 Struttin' On Sunday
12 I'll Never Fall In Love Again
13 Love Letters
14 Thinking About You
15 Love Me Now
16 Sharing You