Johnny Adams Laten John Adams Jr),was known as an Americanblues, jazz and gospel singer, known as “The Tan Canary” for the multi-octave range of his singing voice, his swooping vocal mannerisms and falsetto. His biggest hits were his versions of “Release Me” and “Reconsider Me” in the late 1960s.
Release Me” (sometimes rendered as “Release Me (and Let Me Love Again)”), is a popularsong written by Eddie “Piano” Millerand Robert Yount in 1949. Four years later it was recorded by Jimmy Heap & the Melody Masters (in 1953), and with even better success by Patti Page (1954), Ray Price(1954), and Kitty Wells (1954). Jivin’ Gene [Bourgeois] & the Jokers recorded the tune in 1960, and that version served as an inspiration for Little Esther Phillips, who reached number one on the R&B chart and number eight on the pop chart with her big-selling cover.The Everly Brothers followed in 1963, along with Lucille Starr as “The French Song” including a translation in French (1964), Jerry Wallace(1966), Dean Martin (1967), Engelbert Humperdinck (1967) who was number one on the UK Singles Chart and many others in the years after. (January 5, 1932 – September 14, 1998