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Adams Johnny - Meets Lee Dorsey: Rhythm ’N’ Blues in New Orleans, 1959-1961 (CD)€15,00
Collected here are 31 of the earliest recordings by two of New Orleans greatest male singers who in their own right were very different of course, despite both being born in the same city. Johnny Adams took his music very seriously and recording a string of heartfelt ballads and blues until his death. Lee Dorsey on the other hand presented a string of light hearted pop songs which were equally imbued with sound of New Orleans R&B.
Both artists are equally important in the history of New Orleans soul, R&B and blues music and are unlikely to ever be forgotten.
Includes Johnny’s hit, ’A Losing Battle’ and two of Lee Dorsey’s greatest hits, ’Do-Re-Mi’ and ’Ya Ya’.
Get serious with Johnny Adams and then have some fun with Lee Dorsey.
Fully detailed liner notes.
Adams Johnny - I Won’t Cry – The Complete Ric & Ron Singles (CD)€18,00
Ace follow up on their two well-received compilations of New Orleans Ric and Ron Records with their first single artist package, by the man who most consider to be the label’s flagship artist. I Won’t Cry is the first compilation to bring together the A and B sides of all Adams 45s for the label (along with a couple of unreleased-at-the-time bonus tracks). Considered to be one of the greatest male vocalists ever to come out of the Crescent City, Adams reputation matches his peers Aaron Neville and Fats Domino. Almost all of the tracks were recorded at the studios of Cosimo Matassa, using the finest New Orleans musicians. Many were produced by the young Mac Rebennack, (Dr. John as he is better known now). Mastered mostly from fresh transfers of original Ric and Ron tapes, this is a collection for all lovers of southern soul and R&B, New Orleans style.
Adams Johnny - Released-A Memorial Album (CD)€15,00
””Noted Singer Johnny Adams Passes Away” was the headline of a press release from the Louisiana Music Archive which told us that Johnny had died on the morning of Monday September 14th, 1998. in Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, having fought a ”losing battle” with cancer. He was 66 years old, and his death deprived the world of arguably one of the best musical voices of our time, sadly under-recognised until the eclectic might of Scott Billington”s productions for Rounder Records took his talents to a wider market during the last decade of his life. Johnny is survived by his wife, Judy.
In the overall scheme of things soulful, the quality and versatility of Johnny”s voice should have pitched him right in there with Sam Cooke, Ben E King, Jerry Butler and Jackie Wilson in the top rank of best-selling R&B singers who went on to achieve major pop success, but the musical enigma that is New Orleans, while blessed with great depths of aesthetic and metaphysical assets, perhaps proved to be the factor which restrained such a breakthrough; for all the abundance of talent and recording activity in the Crescent City since the 1950s, it is surely ironic that only Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Lee Dorsey managed to achieve significant lasting success, with the added irony that this came from links which took their recording career base away from New Orleans (Fats and Irma with Imperial in Hollywood, Lee with Bell in New York). Johnny did join Atlantic, as you will read later, but their ”golden soul” bubble was deflating at the time and the union was not fruitful, and thus the dependence of the hometown boy on local resources was to prove a hindrance to his progress.”