Johnny Adams

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Adams: Vols shouldn't overlook new Ole Miss - GoVolsXtra
By John Adams (Contact) DESTIN, Fla. - You can look at Tennessee's 2009 football schedule and readily see the degree of difficulty in trips to Gainesville, Fla., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. By comparison, a trip to Oxford, Miss., is hardly as ominous....
Adams: Auburn, UT have followed similar paths - GoVolsXtra
By John Adams (Contact) DESTIN, Fla. - This Auburn-Tennessee thing is starting to get a little too weird for me. I realized that while listening to new Auburn coach Gene Chizik discuss his offensive concerns at the SEC spring meetings....
The Chronicle's book editor recommends these recently reviewed titles: - San Francisco Chronicle
By Edith B. Gelles In a crowded field, Gelles' dual biography of John Adams and Abigail Smith Adams stands out as a sympathetic yet balanced portrait of a marriage that is unique in the annals of American political history....
Adams: Kiffin's quick rise an understatement - GoVolsXtra
By John Adams (Contact) DESTIN, Fla. - Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin has expanded his oratorical repertoire. It now includes understatement. For example, take his opening comments to a gathering of 20-or-so media-types at the SEC spring meetings...
Adams: Kentucky's success is all about Brooks - GoVolsXtra
By John Adams (Contact) DESTIN, Fla. — This column is proud to announce it is entering college football's award business. I realize I'ma little late to the party. The sport already has almost as many awards as it does bowl games....
Are British expats in Korea anxious? - BBC News
John Adams, who teaches at a private school in the industrial city of Pohang on South Korea's east coast, says most people he knows view the situation with "a mixture of embarrassment and despair". "People have a 'here we go again' outlook," said the...
Single-payer advocates not giving up the fight - Great Falls Tribune
By JOHN S. ADAMS Tribune Capitol Bureau • May 29, 2009 HELENA — On Thursday, Sen. Max Baucus' staff wrapped up the last of 20 health care reform listening sessions he held throughout the state this week. Baucus wasn't at the hearings, but he greeted...
Teacher Busted For Allegedly Selling Cocaine At Bar - WFMZ-TV Online
District Attorney John Adams says the investigation was fast tracked as soon as Sweitzer disclosed some information about his day job. During the investigation he had bragged about the fact that he was a teacher. Little did he know that he was selling...
Killer Summer (Walt Fleming) by Ridley Pearson - Monsters and
The world's most elite wine connoisseurs have descended on Sun Valley to taste and bid on the world's best wines, including three bottles claimed to have been a gift from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. With sky-high prices all but guaranteed for these...
Working with students no trial for city lawyer - Journal and Courier
The team, from South Bend's John Adams High School, worked with her to prepare for the head-to-head mock trial in Atlanta, Ga. Roberts, who also volunteers with local students from Central Catholic, Harrison, West Lafayette and serves on the national...

Johnny Adams

Johnny Adams (Laten John Adams, 5 January 1932 - 14 September 1998) was an American blues singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Adams recorded several award-winning albums for Rounder Records.

He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1998 after a long battle with stomach cancer.

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Jonnie Barnett

Jonathan Barnett Kaye (born 1946 in Sumter, South Carolina, died August 18, 2002), known professionally as Jonnie Barnett, was an American musician. In the 1970s, he performed as an opening act for several acts such as Tom Waits, Cheech and Chong, and Frank Zappa. He also made appearances in the 1975 film Nashville, and in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie.

One of Barnett's compositions, "One Foot in the Blues", was recorded by Johnny Adams and received a Blues Song of the Year award from 1997 W. C. Handy Blues Awards. Barnett also wrote a short story entitled "The Chain of Love" which appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Country Soul. He and songwriter Rory Lee Feek later adapted this story into the song "The Chain of Love", which was a Top 5 country hit for Clay Walker in 2000. The song was based on a real-life event.

Barnett died August 18, 2002 of a stroke.

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Walter "Wolfman" Washington

Walter "Wolfman" Washington at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2008

Walter "Wolfman" Washington (born December 21, 1943) is an American singer and guitarist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. While his roots is in the blues music, he blends in the essence of funk and R&B to create his own unique sound.

In the mid 1960s, Washington formed the All Fools Band, and played at clubs in New Orleans.

In the 1970s, Washington joined Johnny Adams' band. He played with Adams for 20 years, both performing live and also appearing on his records.。On the other hand, he continued to work as a solo artist: in the late 1970s he formed his own band, the Roadmasters, and toured Europe with them.

Washington released his first solo album Rainin' In My Heart in 1981 from a small local label Help Me. He landed a contract with Rounder Records in the mid 1980s and he released total of three albums from the label. After the Rounder days, he also released an album from Virgin subsidiary Point Blank Records.

Washington started to play regularly with New Orleans musicians Joe Krown (org.) and Russell Batiste, Jr. (ds.) working as a trio at the Maple Leaf Bar.

In 2008 he released the critically acclaimed Doin' the Funky Thing, his first album in many years. Live at the Maple Leaf, a live recording by Krown, Washington, Batiste was also released in the same year.

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Alvin Tyler

Alvin "Red" Tyler (5 December 1925 – 3 April 1998) was an American R&B and neo-bop jazz saxophonist and arranger.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Tyler grew up listening to the sound of New Orleans marching bands. He began playing saxophone when in the navy, and by 1950 had joined Dave Bartholomew’s R&B band. He also played jazz in club jam sessions. He made his recording debut on Fats Domino’s “The Fat Man” and went on to play on sessions for Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, and numerous other rhythm and blues artists.

From the mid-1960s he worked as a liquor salesman. He also began leading his own jazz band in clubs and hotel residencies in New Orleans. While the baritone saxophone had been his primary instrument during his years as a studio musician, his jazz playing gradually came to rely much more on tenor saxophone. In the mid-1980s he recorded two jazz albums, Graciously and Heritage, with vocals by Johnny Adams and Germaine Bazzle, for Rounder Records. And at the age of 65 he had a daughter named Tajara Brieanne Simms who currently lives in Temple Hills,MD.

Tyler died at age 72 in New Orleans.

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Smokey Johnson

Joseph "Smokey" Johnson is one of the musicians, session players, and songwriters who have served as the backbone for New Orleans' output of jazz, funk, blues, soul, and R&B music.

Johnson served as the drummer for Fats Domino in the 1950's and 1960's.

In 1961, Johnson and Wardell Quezergue worked together on the session for Earl King's proto-funk classic, "Trick Bag", produced by Dave Bartholomew.

Soon thereafter, Johnson went with Quezergue and childhood friend Joe Jones, and several other New Orleans artists (including Johnny Adams and Earl King) to audition for Motownin Detroit, where they recorded numerous demo sessions. Earl King once remarked that at least part of the reason why they got in the door was Motown's fascination with Smokey Johnson, who could do more on a trap set by himself than any two of the label's session drummers. Although Motown ended up not signing any of the New Orleans artists, Johnson offered to remain on staff while the other New Orleans artists were dispatched.

Johnson remained in Detroit for several months before deciding to return home; but his influence on the Motown sound was profound, as the other drummers studied his techniques, incorporating them into countless hit sessions.

In 1963 and 1964, Dave Bartholomew enlisted Johnson for his last two Imperial big band albums, giving Johnson the spotlight on the tune, "Portrait Of A Drummer", from New Orleans House Party.

In 1964, about a year after Nola Records was formed in New Orleans, Quezergue a partner in the label as well as principal producer/arranger, invited Johnson to be the drummer for label's house band. After a few months, Johnson and Quezergue wound up writing and recording what has become a New Orleans Mardi Gras standard called It Ain't My Fault. Deftly arranged, "It Ain't My Fault" is a fascinating early example of both Johnson and Quezergue incorporating Second Line syncopation into pop music. The arranger's device of starting off with just the drummer's relaxed but intricate percussive work (plus somebody hitting what sounds like a glass bottle) quickly pulls the listener into the song, even before the simple musical hook, played by just the guitar and piano. George Davis runs the guitar riffs on the first side with that recognizable style made famous several years later on Robert Parker's Barefootin'.

While the lighthearted, hard to resist "It Ain't My Fault" was enjoyed locally in New Orleans, it did not have a national impact at the time, it set the stage for many more uniquely funked up grooves to follow, and over time has become a Mardi Gras favorite and a part of the brass band repertoire. "It Ain't My Fault", which sometimes is called "No, It Ain't My Fault" was recorded by groups such as the Olympia Brass Band (formerly Dejean's Olympia Brass Band) (seven times) , the Rebirth Brass Band , the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charmaine Neville , Milton Batiste, Shane Theriot (guitarist for the Neville Brothers) , the Young Olympians , the Ambrosia Brass Band, David Roe, Cole Prior Stevens and the Zydeco All-Stars.

In 1998, Vyshon Miller p/k/a Silkk the Shocker, the brother of Percy "Master P" Miller recorded a rap version of the song "It Ain't My Fault", which was released on the album Charge it 2 da Game. Based on the success of his version, in 1999, Silkk the Shocker recorded yet another rap version of the song, this time featuring the rap artist Mystikal (Michael Tyler), which appeared on the album Made Mann. These versions of the song showed up on more than 40 different albums, prompting Johnson and Quezergue to hire Packard Phillips of the law firm Eveline, Davis and Phillips to sue Silkk the Shocker and his record label, No Limit. At the same time, Johnson and Quezergue sued Joe Jones, who claimed that Johnson assigned the song to Jones, as well as Aaron Fuchs' Tuff City Records, which claimed that both Johnson and Quezergue assigned the song to Tuff City.

Tuff City responded to the lawsuit by hiring its own intellectual property attorney, Oren Warshavsky. Despite the fact that Johnson did not have a written agreement with Tuff City, Warshavsky successfully convinced the court that Johnson and Quezergue assigned the song to Tuff City, and then convinced the Court to dismiss the claims by Johnson and Quezergue against Tuff City. Thereafter, Warshavsky also had the Court dismiss the claims against Silkk the Shocker.. Finally, then working on behalf of Tuff City, Wardell Quezergue and Johnson, Warshavsky was able to attain summary judgment against Joe Jones and his publishing company Melder Music on the issue of copyright infringement, including an award of attorney fees.

Johnson stopped playing drums when a stroke hobbled him in 1993.

Johnson was forced to leave his home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

Johnson is now a resident of Musicians' Village, a Habitat for Humanity project in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

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Soul Blues

Soul blues is a style of blues music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s that combines elements of soul music and urban contemporary music. Singers and musicians who grew up listening to the traditional electric blues of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James etc., soul singers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Otis Redding, and gospel music wanted to bridge their favorite music together. Bobby Bland was one of the pioneers of this style. The song "The Thrill Is Gone" by BB King was a hint for future trends in this subgenre. Additional musicians in this style include Z. Z. Hill, Otis Clay, Latimore, Little Milton, Johnny Adams, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Bobby Rush and Johnnie Taylor. Soul blues saw its popularity rise in 1980s. Soul Blues Lives With Artists old and new, such as Latimore, Shirley Brown, Marvin Sease, Karen Wolfe, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Kenne Wayne, Stacy Mitchhart, Denise LaSalle, O.B. Buchana, Betty Padegett, Leon McMullen, Ms. Jody, The Mystery Man, Reggie Sears, Ricky White, T.K. Soul, Sir Charles Jones, Little Phil, Roni McCullum, Jerome Towers, Fred Bolton, Lola, William Bell,Crystal Tucker and more. This is a sub-genre of blues that is very popular with African American audiences but less known by white audiences.

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San Francisco Blues Festival

Debuting in 1973, the San Francisco Blues Festival is the longest running blues festival in the United States. Tom Mazzolini, the event's producer, founded the blues festival to educate the public about the history and evolution of the blues. Many of the performers at the early concerts were the pioneers and originators of the West Coast blues sound..

Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Keb' Mo', Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, Sugar Pie DeSanto, John Lee Hooker Jr.

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