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     Johnny Adams

Born: Lathan John Adams on Jan 5, 1932 in New Orleans, LA
Died: Sep 14, 1998 in Baton Rouge, LA
Styles: Soul, Early R&B, Soul-Blues, New Orleans R&B, Retro-Soul, New Orleans Blues, Regional Blues
Instruments: Vocals

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 (All Music Guide)

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www.jazzhouse.org/gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=920472391 About
www.randysrodeo.com/rhythm/adams.php About
www.satchmo.com/nolavl/johnny.html About
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=3264 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Adams About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Adams About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Johnny Adams - 'Good Morning Heartache' - 1993, Rounder
 Johnny Adams - 'Man Of My Word' - 1998, Rounder
 Johnny Adams - 'The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album' - 2005, Rounder
 Johnny Adams - 'The Soul Of New Orleans' - 2011, Fuel 2000
 Johnny Adams - 'Walking On A Tightrope' - 1989, Rounder
  как соисполнитель ...
 Various Artists - 'Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958' - 2009, JSP Records

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