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Elegantly soulful, Johnny Adams remained mostly a New Orleans favorite until he gained wider exposure in the '80s. Blues purists and pop music fans alike came to embrace his jazz-tinged style and tender way with a love lyric. Released in 1986, After Dark showcases his masterful interpretations of both R&B ballads and pop-rock material, drawing on tunes by the likes of Doc Pomus and John Hiatt. Adams' extraordinary voice - with its tingling highs and velvety lows - never sounded better. His readings of "I Don't Know You" and "Give a Broken Heart a Break" smolder with yearning; his version of the Memphis classic "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" is a passionate show stopper. "She Said the Same Things to Me" is the sort of lovelorn testimony Adams was born to record. They called the late, great Johnny Adams "The Tan Canary" - and this bird never sang as sweetly as on After Dark.


Born: January 5, 1932 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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...
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