Johnny Robinson - Kansas City
Johnny Robinson - Memphis High (1970)
Deep soul gem from the Hi studios, produced by Willie Mitchell, in the style of Al Green, O.V.Wright, or Syl Johnson.
Not much info's can be found for Johnny Robinson, who begun his career with a superb deep soul ballad "it's all over" which seems to have been his first 45. He was born in Tuskagee, Alabama in 1939 and had the normal gospel training before joining the secular world with this disc in 1966/7. No real info on the location of the recording, but Benny Hall's name on the writing credits would suggest the Big Apple, but what a magnificent display of dramatic emotion Robinson puts on. He went on to cut 3 wonderful 45s for Okeh (the double sided "Poor Man"/"When A Man Cries" being amongst the best deep soul 45s) before trying his hand with Willie Mitchell who leased the famous Memphis High album to Epic. This LP is one of the best of the classic Hi sound sets and Johnny's gruff, committed vocals suit the setting perfectly. A strange final 45 as the lead singer of Que Sunrise on Just Sunshine seems to have rounded off his recording career.