Chanteur Folk US né Derroll Lewis Thompson, le 25 novembre 1925 ŕ Portland (Oregon). Derroll Adams est décédé le 6 février 2000 ŕ Antwerp (Belgique).

Ask the average folk enthusiast who Derroll Adams is, and chances are you'll get a vague glimmer of recognition, followed by a shrug of puzzlement. Few figures have effected as much of an impact on other musicians, while falling by the wayside before the public. Indeed, the only comparable figure who comes immediately to mind is England's Davy Graham, who influenced an entire generation of folk and rock guitarists, and at least one superstar (Paul Simon), but hasn't courted serious record sales in decades.
Born Derroll Lewis Thompson in Portland, Oregon, he was the son of a vaudeville juggler and master storyteller. At age 16, just about the time that the Second World War was breaking out, Adams joined the Army, but was discharged within a few months when his age was discovered. He later served in the United States Coast Guard, after which he attended art school — it was during this time that Adams chanced to see a concert by Josh White, which set him on the road to becoming a musician. His subsequent hearing of records by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Cisco Houston only reinforced his love of folk music, and in a surprisingly short time, he'd become proficient on the guitar and a near-virtuoso on the banjo. He played for audiences as part of former Vice President Henry Wallace's 1948 presidential campaign. During the 1950s, Adams hooked up with the folk singer Odetta in an organization known as "World Folk Artists," and began building an audience; by the end of the decade, his banjo playing was being used on some film soundtracks.
In 1957, Adams had his first successful song, "Portland Town," an account of birth, life, and death that became his magnum opus, covered widely over the years by other folk singers. Around the same time, he met up with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who, with his wife, invited Adams to come to England with them. Over the next few years, the three played numerous folk clubs in England, while Adams resided for a time with songwriter Lionel Bart and also performed on the European continent. Adams and Elliott also made recordings together for Topic Records, which was then England's leading folk label. In 1966, while traveling through Europe, they cut an album together in Milan, Italy. By this time, Adams was a fixture on the European folk scene, his rough-hewn voice and distinctive banjo style drawing a serious following, especially among the new generation of folk performers coming up behind him.
All wasn't well, however, as Adams became increasingly disenchanted with the widening audience for folk music. Where the clubs in the early '60s had been attended by serious listeners with an honest interest, by 1966 he found himself playing more often to rowdy, drunken listeners who cared little for what he was actually doing. He became known for incidents in which he would smash his guitar and leave the stage. Finally, he met a woman from Belgium who became his fourth wife, and he left the music business to help run her decorating business.
His influence lingered, however. In 1967, even as Adams was temporarily retired, he became the subject of perhaps the best song that Donovan Leitch (aka Donovan) has ever written, "Epistle to Derroll." Appearing on the Gift From a Flower to a Garden album, the words and music reflected the debt that Leitch owed Adams as a musician and songwriter — the entire song, and specifically the line "bring me word of the banjo man with the tattoo on his hand," may be the most poignant and haunting in Donovan's entire song output.
Both his wife's business and the accompanying marriage failed, however, and Adams resumed his performing career in Europe's folk clubs, his name still widely known on his adopted continent. He proved a fairly controversial figure, however, for his rejection of authenticity and his purist approach to folk music; he insisted that old songs could be performed perfectly well in new ways, and he occasionally got drunk and swore on-stage .
Still, he continued playing, and in 1991, the folk community — including the members of Pentangle, as well as his former partner Elliott and veterans like Happy Traum — turned out for a concert celebrating Adams' 65th birthday, which was later released on record. Derroll Adams passed away on February 6, 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium. He remains unjustifiably better known in Europe than in the country of his birth.

Talents : Vocal, Songwriter, Banjo, Harmonica

Style musical : Country-Folk

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1959 EP HIFI EPM 10147 (UK) Jack ELLIOTT AND Derroll ADAMS SING THE WESTERN - Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / San Francisco Blues / Ain't It A Shame / Salty Dog
19?? SP SIGNAL S 137 (I) LE CANZONI DEL SUD - MONTAGNE E FORESTE DEL SUD - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Mule Skinner's Blues / How Long Blues
19?? SP SIGNAL S 139 (I) LE CANZONI DEL WEST - STELLE E PISTOLE - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Salty Dog Blues / Worried Man Blues
19?? SP SIGNAL S 142 (I) LE CANZONI DEL WEST - I CANTI DELLA FRONTERA - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - I´m Going Down The Road / Stern Old Bachelor
19?? SP SIGNAL S 144 (I) LE CANZONI DEL WEST - I PERICOLI DELLA PISTA - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Wreck On The Highway / Danville Girl
19?? SP SIGNAL S 149 (I) LE CANZONI DEL WEST - FORZA, VZESO IL WEST - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Roll On Buddy / The Tramp On The Street

Albums

1957 LP 10" TOPIC 10T14 (UK) THE RAMBLING BOYS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Buffalo Skinners (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Wish I Was A Rock (Derroll ADAMS solo) / State Of Arkansas (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Mother´ s Not Dead (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS (banjo)) / Roll On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1963 LP 10" TOPIC 12T105 (UK) ROLL ON BUDDY - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Rich And Rambling Boy / Buffalo Skinners / I Wish I Was A Rock / It´s Hard Ain´t It Hard / All Around The Water Tank / Mother's Not Dead / East Virginia Blues / The Old Bachelor / Danville Girl / The State Of Arkansas / Death Of Mr. Garfield / Roll On Buddy
1966 LP 12" JOKER SM 3023 (I) FOLKLAND SONGS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Mule Skinner´s Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / How Long Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Precious Jewel (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of John Henry (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Ain't It A Shame (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Stern Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Cigaretts + Whiskey (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Cuckoo (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Salty Dog Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / I'm Going Down The Road (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of Mr. Garfield (Derroll ADAMS solo) / I´ m Gonna Walk The Street In Glory (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1966 LP 12" JOKER SM 3024 (I) RIDING IN FOLKLAND - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Wreck On The Highway (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Portland Town (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Tramp On The Street (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Worried Man Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / San Francisco Bay Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / 900 Miles (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Hard Traveling (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / More Pretty Girls Than One (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Freight Train (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Talking Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / I'm Sad I´ m Lonely (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Roll On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Roll On My Sweet Baby's Arms (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1967 LP 12" ACE OF CLUBS ACL 1227 (mono) / SCL 1227 (stereo) (UK) PORTLAND TOWN - Roll On Babe / Pretty Little Miss / 900 Miles From Home / I Wish I Was A Rock / Ship On The Ocean / Little Birdie / Portland Town / Curtains Of Night / Plain Common Bill / Mule Skinner Blues
1967 LP 12" BOUNTY BY 6036 (UK) ROLL ON BUDDY THE J. E. AND D. A. STORY VOLUME 1 - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / More Pretty Girls Than One (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Freight Train (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Talking New York (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Dard Travellin (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Sad + Lonely (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Roll On My Sweet Baby's Arms (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Crash On The Highway (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Portland Town (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Tramp On The Street (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Worried Man Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / San Francisco Bay Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Nine Hundred Miles (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1971 LP 12" JOKER SM 3023 (I) AMERICA - LA STORIA DEL FOLKLORE AMERICANO - BALLADS-FOLK SONGS-MINSTRELS-PIONEERS-WEST-BLUES - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Mule Skinner´s Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / How Long Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Precious Jewel (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of John Henry (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Ain't It A Shame (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Stern Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Cigaretts + Whiskey (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Cuckoo (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Salty Dog Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / I'm Going Down The Road (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of Mr. Garfield (Derroll ADAMS solo) / I´ m Gonna Walk The Street In Glory (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
197? LP 12" JOKER SM 3024 (I) AMERICA - FOLK SONGS-WEST-BALLADS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Wreck On The Highway (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Portland Town (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Tramp On The Street (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Worried Man Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / San Francisco Bay Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / 900 Miles (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Hard Traveling (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / More Pretty Girls Than One (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Freight Train (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Talking Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / I'm Sad I´ m Lonely (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Roll On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Roll On My Sweet Baby's Arms (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1972 LP 12" VILLAGE THING VTS-17 (UK) FEELIN' FINE - Darling Corey / Apprenticied In London / Freight Train Blues / Wildwood Flower / The Sky / Muleskinner Blues / Love Song / Mr Rabbit / Deep Ellum Blues / Blue Ridge Mountains / Chattering Jaw / The Valley
1974 LP 12" INTERCORD 26438-2 U (DE) MOVIN' ON - I Ain't Got No Home / Coal Miner's Blues / Alberta / Five Long Years In The Army / 10.000 Years Age / Wagoner's Lad / Aged Woman - Peasant Girl / Paradise / Grand Coulee Dam / Trouble In Mind / 1814 / Movin' On
1974 LP 12" GRAMUSIC GM-289 (S) CANCIONES FOLKLORICAS DE USA - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Mule Skinner´s Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / How Long Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Precious Jewel (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of John Henry (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Ain't It A Shame (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Stern Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Cigaretts + Whiskey (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Cuckoo (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Salty Dog Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / I'm Going Down The Road (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of Mr. Garfield (Derroll ADAMS solo) / I´ m Gonna Walk The Street In Glory (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1975 2 LP 12" JOKER SM 3767/2 (I) AMERICA - FOLK SONGS-WEST-BLUES-BALLADS-MINSTRELS-PIONEERS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS :
DISC 1 : Mule Skinner´s Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / How Long Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Precious Jewel (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of John Henry (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Ain't It A Shame (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Stern Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Cigaretts + Whiskey (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Cuckoo (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Salty Dog Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / I'm Going Down The Road (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of Mr. Garfield (Derroll ADAMS solo) / I´ m Gonna Walk The Street In Glory (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
DISC 2 : Wreck On The Highway (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Portland Town (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Tramp On The Street (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Worried Man Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / San Francisco Bay Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / 900 Miles (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Hard Traveling (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / More Pretty Girls Than One (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Freight Train (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Talking Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / I'm Sad I´ m Lonely (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Roll On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Roll On My Sweet Baby's Arms (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1976 LP 12" BEST SELLER INTERNATIONAL / EMI 4C062-23567 (B) ALONG THE WAY - Cluck Old Hen / Dixie Darling / Columbus Georgia / 24 Hours A Day / Frozen Logger / Memories / Huclkeberry / Anna Feher / Mountain / Oregon / Skunk /  Sioux Indians
1977 LP 12" SOUNDS SUPERB 4M048-23599 (B) LIVE ! - Muleskinner Blues / Darlin' Cora / Freight Train Blues / Dixie Darlin' / Trouble In Mind / Rich And Ramblin' Boy / Portland Town / Grand Coulee Dam / The Rock / The Valley
1984 LP 12" FOLK FREAK FF 404016 (DE) SONGS OF THE BANJO MAN - The Sky / Oregon / Memories / The Skunk / 24 Hours A Day / The Valley / The Mountain / Love Song / Portland Town / The Rock / I'm Sad And Lonely
1991 CD WP9101 (B) 65TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT - Oregon / The Sky / Pretty Saro / Willie More (with Jack ELLIOTT) / Portland Town (with Guests)
1994 CD ARIOLA EXPRESS 74321 231052 (B) LIVE ! - Muleskinner Blues / Darlin' Cora / Freight Train Blues / Dixie Darlin' / Trouble In Mind / Rich And Ramblin' Boy / Portland Town / Grand Coulee Dam / The Rock / The Valley
1996 2 CD GOLD SOUND DCD 768-1 (CZ) SELECTION OF AMERICA - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS :
CD 1 : Mule Skinner´s Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / How Long Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Precious Jewel (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of John Henry (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Ain't It A Shame (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Stern Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Cigaretts + Whiskey (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Cuckoo (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Salty Dog Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / I'm Going Down The Road (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Death Of Mr. Garfield (Derroll ADAMS solo) / I´ m Gonna Walk The Street In Glory (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
CD 2 : Wreck On The Highway (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Portland Town (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Tramp On The Street (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Worried Man Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / San Francisco Bay Blues (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / 900 Miles (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Hard Traveling (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / More Pretty Girls Than One (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Freight Train (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Talking Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / I'm Sad I´ m Lonely (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Roll On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Roll On My Sweet Baby's Arms (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)
1996 CD CEDAR 3589 (US) COW BOY SONGS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Death Of Mr. Garfield / Hard Traveling / Wreck On The Highway / Mule Skinne's Blues / Dead Of John Henry / Portland Town / How Long Blues / Precious Jewel / 900 Miles / Salty Dog Blues / I'm Gonna Walk The Street In Glory / Freight Train / I'm Sad I'm Lonely / Ain't It A Shame / The Cuckoo / Stern Old Bachelor
10/1997 CD WÜNDERTÜTE MUSIK TÜT 72.175 (DE) SONGS OF THE BANJO MAN - The Sky / Oregon / Memories / The Skunk / 24 Hours A Day / The Valley / The Mountain / Love Song / Portland Town / The Rock / I'm Sad And Lonely
11/1997 CD WORLD OF MUSIC 12543 (US) AMERICA - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - The Tramp On The Street / Mule Skinner's Blues / Precious Jewel / Ain't It A Shame / East Virginia Blues / Cigarettes & Whiskey / I'm Going Down The Road / Rich And Rambling Boy / I'm Gonna Walk The Street In Glory / Worried Man Blues / Wreck On The Highway / Danville Girl / More Pretty Girls Than One / 900 Miles / Talking Blues / Roll On Buddy / Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / San Francisco Bay Blues
04/1999 CD TRADITION 1083 (US) EARLY SESSIONS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - More Pretty Girls Than One / Roll On Buddy / Death Of John Henry / Salty Dog Blues / I'm Gonna Walk The Street In Glory / Cigarettes And Whiskey / Danville Girl / Worried Man Blues / San Francisco Bay Blues / Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / I'm Going Down The Road
2002 CD VIVID VSCD -261 (JAP) THE RAMBLING BOYS - Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS - Rich And Rambling Boy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / Buffalo Skinners (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / I Wish I Was A Rock (Derroll ADAMS solo) / It´s Hard Ain´t It Hard (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / All Around The Water Tank (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / Mother's Not Dead (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / East Virginia Blues (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS) / The Old Bachelor (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Danville Girl (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / The State Of Arkansas (Jack ELLIOTT solo) / The Death Of Mr. Garfield (Derroll ADAMS solo) / Roll On Buddy (Jack ELLIOTT & Derroll ADAMS)

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