Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Johnny Adams
Song:Wish I'd Never Loved You At All
Album:There Is Always One More Time
Legendary New Orleans R & B singer Johnny Adams was known as The Tan Canary because of his beautiful singing voice. He had some success in the 60s but was largely forgotten when Rounder Records revived his career in the 80s. He was born Jan. 5, 1932 in New Orleans. He grew up singing in church and sang gospel professionally until his neighbour songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie convinced him to sing her song I Won't Cry on Ric Records in 1959. He had some success with this and other songs. He had his biggest success on Shelby Singleton's SSS label in 1968 with his cover of Release Me. SSS was a Nashville label and added some country flavour to Adams' soulful sound. But he struggled through the 70s until Scott Billington signed Adams to Rounder Records in 1984. Like a lot of forgotten R & B singers, Adams proved that he still had what made him The Tan Canary in the first place. There Is Always One More Time is a comp of his Rounder recordings. Wish I'd Never Loved You At All is from the 1987 album Room With A View Of The Blues featuring Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Duke Robillard on guitar and Dr. John on piano. Adams recorded for Rounder until his death on Sept. 14, 1998 at age 66. He's recommended to classic R & B fans. Unfortunately there's no performance video of Johnny Adams but here's a video tribute set to Release Me.