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I'll Run Your Hurt Away

Ruby Johnson

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Album Review

Between 1966 and 1967, singer Ruby Johnson cut more than two dozen R&B sides for Stax/Volt; for whatever reason, the label released only three singles before dropping Johnson from its roster. Twenty of those songs comprise I'll Run Your Hurt Away, a collection of should-have-been hits from this powerful voice. While Johnson recorded a few pop standards like Aretha Franklin's "Won't Be Long" and Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)," the majority of her songs were composed by Stax in-house musicians and writers. All told, there's not a weak song here; Johnson is a great soul singer who deserved far better.

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Ruby Johnson is one of the most underappreciated, overlooked talents in the history of pop music. The power and passion of her singing compares favorably with (one might argue surpasses) that of her more celebrated contemporaries, including Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield. I first heard Johnson while listening to the complete Stax/Volt singles set. Every time one of her songs rolled around, they compelled me to take notice. So I bought this album and I'm constantly blown away, not only by the songs but also by the fact that most people have never heard them. Music fans, you'll be very proud of yourselves for "discovering" Ruby Johnson.

Ruby Johnson, I'll Run Your Hurt Away

"I'd Better Check on Myself" and "No No No" are worth a special listen. The whole album is very, very good.

I'll Run Your Hurt Away

Magical deep soulfulness that takes you directly to heaven! I find it difficult to believe that no record company grabbed her up and ran away with her. Perhaps it's not too late!!! She takes all my blues to the core of feeling...but she really is beyond words.......Please do listen! There are 2 or 3 songs on this album that don't live up, but all the rest give me chills.


Born: April 19, 1936 in Elizabeth City, NC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s

A tremendous Southern soul vocalist whose ability to convincingly sing heartache ballads ranks with any active performer, Ruby Johnson never got a breakout single during the soul era. The Memphis vocalist began recording for V-Tone in 1960 and signed with Volt in the mid-'60s, but she recorded less than a dozen songs between 1962 and 1967, also recording for Nebs in Washington, D.C. Isaac Hayes and David Porter produced her songs, and they were backed by the Mar-Key Horns and Booker T. and the MG's....
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