I was digging through 45s and noticed a Johnny Adams single on Atlantic Records. "The Tan Canary," as Adams has come to be known, is a New Orleans treasure and one of my favorite vocalists. I was unaware that he had ever recorded for Atlantic. The single I found was a cover of "I Wish It Would Rain" and it was everything I hoped it would be.
Some online digging showed that Adams time at Atlantic was short-lived, just four singles in three years. One of the other three is a cover of Jagger and Richards "Salt of The Earth," one of my very favorites from the Stones, and a song that I thought was ruined forever thanks to Axl Rose's guest crapping on a live version from 1989. But this Johnny Adams version has finally gotten that awful taste out of my mouth.
As for "I Wish It Would Rain," it happens to be one of my Top 5 Temptations songs. But I do love the melodrama of Johnny Adams version.
If you're unfamiliar with Johnny Adams and you dig these tracks, I highly recommend his 60's sides on the Ric and Ron labels, as well as some of his later albums where he pays tribute to both Doc Pomus and Percy Mayfield. Two personal faves are below "I Wish It Would Rain."