I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964

I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964

by Johnny Adams

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Overview

Ace's 2015 compilation I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964 covers familiar territory but in an appealingly thorough fashion. Adams had only one nationally charting hit on Ric or Ron -- "A Losing Battle," which went to 27 in 1962 -- but they were popular in his native New Orleans and over the years remained favorites of fans of Crescent City soul. Adams tended to be a little smoother than a lot of his Big Easy contemporaries: there's a recognizable NO lilt to some of the songs, but he was more of a crooner, sounding equally comfortable on dramatic ballads and lusher pop crossovers. This characteristic meant that he could slide with the smoother soul styles of the late '60s and '70s, which is when he gained his greatest popularity, but these somewhat grittier productions also suit him well; it's a nice blend of his velvet touch and earthy rhythms. I Won't Cry showcases this appealing combination. At 24 tracks, it's ten songs longer than the 1991 Rounder compilation of the same name and that extra space is warranted because each of the sides here has considerable charm; there's a reason why Adams is a widely acclaimed soul singer, and many of the reasons can be heard on this fine collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667066525
catalogNumber: 5008592
Rank: 48832

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Adams   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chris Kenner   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
William Allen   Composer
Joe Ruffino   Producer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Frank Douglas   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Dolores Johnson   Composer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Dorothy LaBostrie   Composer
Seth David   Composer
Mae Vince   Composer
Ted Jarrett   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joseph Ruffino   Arranger,Composer
John Harris   Composer
Larry McKinley   Composer
Morris Sweetwyne   Composer
Carl Morgan   Composer
Frank Kratz   Composer
Brad Fredericks   Composer
Leonard Dauenhauer   Composer

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