Johnny Adams - Who's Gonna Love You (RON 986)
Who's Gonna Love You
Here is the B side of "A Losing Battle", which scored the Tan Canary's biggest dent into the national R&B charts in 1962. Although his 1959 RIC debut "I Won't Cry" would become his signature tune, this two-sided Mac Rebennack slab of soul just rocks the house!
Johnny Vincent's "stone hustling partner" Joe Ruffino complained that all New Orleans records were starting to sound the same, and set out to change all that with his own company. By hiring guys like Rebennack, Edgar Blanchard, and Eddie Bo to produce for his RIC and RON labels, he managed to create a sound all his own. Sadly, Ruffino died shortly after the release of our current selection, and his labels folded forever.
Johnny Adams (he of the legendary pipes) went on to record and perform for many years, finally receiving some of the recognition he deserved before his death in 1998.
His early recordings for RIC and RON have been re-issued on CD, but oddly enough today's B side somehow didn't make the cut!