Justin Adams

photo by Stephen May



Born 1 June 1923, New Orleans, Louisiana
Died 2 July 1991, New Orleans, Louisiana

"Session guitarist. Justin Adams was a member of Cosimo Matassa's famous Studio Band, which plays on countless R&B and R&R recordings from the fifties and early sixties. The core of the Studio Band were members of Dave Bartholomew's Band, but there were also a few who had nothing to with Dave's band : Edgar Blanchard, Roy Montrell, Lee Allen and also Justin Adams. Justin was a competent and reliable session man.

" ... the name of Justin Adams appears ... in the Bear Family disco- graphy of Fats : he played on the session of May 25, 1956, which produced "When My Dreamboat Comes Home", the great "Ida Jane" and "Don't Know What's Wrong" Also, Adams played on the first (two-day) Specialty session of Little Richard in September 1955, which culminated in "Tutti Frutti".

" ... Adams does play on many, if not most of the recordings for Johnny Vincent's Ace label, ...... He died of a heart attack on the age of 68."