Johnny Adams – Georgia Morning Dew
Johnny Adams from New Orleans was already a well known musician when he released the album Heart and Soul in 1969. Born and raised in the Cresent Ciy Adams was part of a group musicians which absorbed the local music heritage. “Georgia Morning Dew”, is a wonderful song which contains Gospel, Soul and Blues influences.
Group of Gospel, Blues and Soul Musicians in New Orleans
During the Sixtees Johnny Adams work alongside Dorothee Labostrie who you might know for co-writing Little Richards ” Tutti Frutti”. Dorothee ask Johnny to Sing some lines on a song he had just written “I Won’t Cry” produced by a 19-year-old Mac Rebennack aka Dr John. I Won’t Cry is featured on the album Heart and Soul. But the song that may touch you the most is “Georgia Morning Dew”
Standing On This Mountain
Looking over L.A. at the break of day
Takes My Mind Back To Georgia
Many Years Ago
And No Resemblens Between L.A. and Georgia
But The Morning Dew
Later On In The Afternoon
We Gone Picking Peaches
And Sing A Song Or Two
I Am Looking Out Of LA
With My Eyes Full Of Georgia Dew
Walk in the park on a rainy day
You feel the Soul and Blues through you bones and in a certain way I notice some similarities to Otis Redding‘s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay“. Otis and Johnny share the same relaxed style of singing that can be best described as a walk in the park on a rainy day.
Johnny Adams started singing at a young age, he was a member of several gospel singing group including The Soul Revelers and Bessie Griffin & The Soul Consolators. In the fiftees however Adams was drawn into secular Rhythm and Blues. It did him good!