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Johnny Adams

Renowned around his Crescent City home base as "the Tan Canary" for his extraordinary set of soulfully soaring pipes, veteran R&B vocalist Johnny Adams tackled an exceptionally wide variety of material for Rounder in his later years; elegantly rendered tribute albums to legendary songwriters Doc Pomus and Percy Mayfield preceded forays into mellow, jazzier pastures. But then, Adams was never particularly into the parade-beat grooves that traditionally define the New Orleans R&B sound, preferring to deliver sophisticated soul ballads draped in strings.

Adams sang gospel professionally before crossing over to the secular world in 1959. Songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie -- the woman responsible for cleaning up the bawdy lyrics of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" enough for worldwide consumption -- convinced her neighbor, Adams, to sing her tasty ballad "I Won't Cry." The track, produced by a teenaged Mac Rebennack, was released on Joe Ruffino's Ric logo, and Adams was on his way. He waxed some outstanding follow-ups for Ric, notably "A Losing Battle" (the Rebennack-penned gem proved Adams' first national R&B hit in 1962) and "Life Is a Struggle."

After a prolonged dry spell, Adams resurfaced in 1968 with an impassioned R&B revival of Jimmy Heap's country standard "Release Me" for Shelby Singleton's SSS imprint that blossomed into a national hit. Even more arresting was Adams' magnificent 1969 country-soul classic "Reconsider Me," his lone leap into the R&B Top Ten; in it, he swoops effortlessly up to a death-defying falsetto range to drive his anguished message home with fervor.

Despite several worthy SSS follow-ups ("I Can't Be All Bad" was another sizable seller), Adams never traversed those lofty commercial heights again (particularly disappointing was a short stay at Atlantic). But he found a new extended recording life at Rounder; his 1984 set, From the Heart, proved to the world that this Tan Canary could still chirp like a champ. With producer Scott Billington, he recorded some nine albums for the label prior to his cancer-related death on September 14, 1998. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
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I remember back in the day 78' at your house with Jesse Hill and me. You just bought this new guitar , I brought Jimmy Robinson over to help you get down. I knew you were a great singer but I did not realize you we're the best ever. It goes to show that Aman can be thirsty standing in pure, clean water.RIP
joseph44mill e r
Again what was old is now NEW.
TAN CANARY The Life And Timezzz Of Bluzzz 67k 3m 14y
He's from an era where men could sing. Don't get me started on what we have today that masquerades as music.
Blues lovers: Be sure to check out his ultra-soulfu l song 'There's Always One More Time', and thanks to Lolly Obedah from KFAI, Minneapolis for making sure her listeners hear Johnny Adams music on 'The Sugar Shop'.
The Tan Canary i had the pleasure to see him perform many times in new orleans .livening here we got to see the best k doe irma jessie hill fats lee dorsey tommie ridgley danny white bobby mitchell dr john allen tousaint chris kenner barbra george dixie cups decon john art &aaron neville.to name a few how lucky can we be in new orleans.The best song i ever heard Johnny sing was his version of RELEASE ME.IT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF .I CAN'T LISTEN TO IT ONCE I PLAY IT OVER AND OVER.DENNY R MAN
you have got to be kidding me,an untrustworth y woman! never heard of such a thing
Back on NOLA recently and heard the Wolfman Washington do a number of his stuff... wonderful !
have loved his music for years. what a loss!
vickieprice
Outstanding vocalist! Defies classificati o n .
grt down johnny,
joel.cavicch i a
"the tan canary" . . .Johnny Adams . . .a voice like velvet
i really love the way he sings,hes very very talented....
he can sing....wow. . . . i like him...
I Love his music, just discovered him through Pandora. Thank you Pandora.
davel48
Great rendition of Cover the Waterfront.
Lordy,lordy hav' mercy! how I love Johnny Adams. His vocal ability was nothing short of magnificent. He is one reason I often times feel homesick for Louisiana. Oh how I wish he was still around.
I love Johnny Adams, living in New Orleans I remember the CHANDILIER LOUNGE. Good times to remember.
johnny was one new orleans finest. it was a treat to here HIM at mason las vegas strip in the days. and it was even a better treat when he would stop in on his good friend&my good friend mr. b3 hammond organ SAMMY BERFECT,OVER AT FREDDIE'S CHANDILIER NITE CLUB.WHAT A TIME THEY WOULD HAVE.
bogaloo
*** Heart & soul ballets,very romantic! ***
I'd never heard of him before now and am wowed by the number of albums he made!
johnny sounds a little like les mcanne, he puts his heart into his work,try nether one of us wants to say goodbuy.
sherryhames
love it; thanks pandora!
Scarred knees: his is the best! What a a great vocalist.
nice what can I say but niiiccee!!! ;->
I don't like his music

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