If you are searching for the six hit singles registered by Johnny Adams between 1962 and 1978, by far your best bet is the 18-track 1996 Collectables volume "Johnny Adams - Reconsider Me: Golden Classics Edition" as it provides five of the six along with three of their B-sides.
This 2007 2-CD set from Shout, on the other hand, is short on hit singles and long on LP cuts, with tracks 1, 2 and 4 to 10 on disc 1 coming from the 1978 Ariola LP 50036 "After All The Good Is Gone" (tracks 1 and 5 also came out as a single in 1977 on Hep' Me 137 and again in mid-year 1978 on Ariola-America 7701 with After All The Good Is Gone charting at # 75 R&B), tracks 12 to 16 on disc 1 from the 1978 Hep' Me LP 132 "The Many Sides Of Johnny Adams," tracks 1 to 10 on disc 2 from the 1976 Chelsea LP 525 "Stand By Me," and tracks 11 and 12 on disc 2 from the 1975 LP Maison de la Soul 1023 "A Christmas With Johnny Adams."
An uncharted single - and listening to it will soon reveal why - is at track 11 on disc 1, and why he ever chose to ruin a great song like Spanish Harlem by dishing it out with a disco beat is beyond me. In 1977 it came out on Hep' Me 132 b/w Feel The Heat, Feel The Beat - which is not here and, in retrospect, may have been a better choice for inclusion. The last four cuts on disc 2 are all from singles recorded for SSS International from 1969 to 1971, with only I Can't Be All Bad (SSS Int'l 780) charting at # 45 R&B/# 89 Pop Hot 100 in 1969 b/w In A Moment Of Weakness (omitted here). Too Much Pride (SSS Int'l 865), Born To Love You (SSS Int'l 867), and Just Call Me Darling (SSS Int'l 873) - all from 1971 - failed to chart and none of their B-sides are here: I Don't Worry Myself, You're A Bad Habit Baby, and How Can I Prove I Love You?
Born Lathan John Adams on January 5, 1932 in New Orleans, and known as "The Tan Canary," he began the recording portion of his career with Joe Ruffino's local Ric Records, launched in 1959 along with the sister label, Ron, as part of a group known as The Gondoliers, recording an old Country standard, You Call Everybody Darling. It came out on Ric 957 b/w the instrumental Knocked Out. After that he recorded solo under variations of his name, as indicated in the Comments below (those that became hit singles are indicated), and along the way he continued here and there with his liking for Country tunes, as you will notice from some of the titles.
In this collection you will hear the power in his soulfully smooth voice that always rises easily above the full orchestrations and choruses often employed in his cuts. The sound quality here is superb, even if this is not the best overall sampling of his vast catalogue.
Johnny died at age 66 on September 14, 1998 following a courageous battle with cancer.