Joe Adams viewing, funeral services, this weekend
Adams was responsible for millions of dollars support to Morehouse College and to Spelman College
Public viewing Friday evening, July 20, Angelus Funeral Home; funeral services Saturday morning, July 21 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Inglewood, Calif
LOS ANGELES — Funeral services for Joe Adams, the longtime manager of legendary musician Ray Charles, will be held at 10 a.m., July 21 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Inglewood, Calif. The public viewing will be held on July 20 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home in Los Angeles. Adams died at the age of 94 on July 3 in Los Angeles.
A Los Angeles native who was raised in Watts, Adams was the son of an African American mother and Jewish father. Adams’ father was a local businessman who owned Gold’s Furniture store on Central Ave. during the late 1960s and 70s, and it was from him that Adams attained his keen sense for business and the astute value of money.
During the 1940s, as a teenager, Adams was the first African American deejay at the Art Grogan owned Santa Monica based radio station KOWL-AM. Within two years, Adam’s daily radio show was the #1 rated deejay show in Los Angeles. During an era when deejays were required to solicit their own sponsors, Adams attracted an incredible 56 paid advertisers to pay for airtime on KOWL, marking the beginning of an auspicious radio career that eventually spanned twenty years. In addition to radio, Adams enjoyed success on both television and in film as an actor appearing in more than 26 motion pictures.
Among his most notable roles were as Frank Sinatra’s psychiatrist in “The Manchurian Candidate” and as Husky Miller in “Carmen Jones”–the latter of which earned Adams a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1955 making him the first African American man to win the award.
Adams was at the helm of the Ray Charles Corporation until his retirement in 2008. For 10 years he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Ray Charles Foundation where he was responsible for shepherding the legacy of Charles and implementing the philanthropic goals that both men had funded student scholarships and established the Adams Scholars which provides $10,000 to cover tuition for undergraduates based on their financial need.
Additionally, Adams was responsible for millions of dollars in ongoing contributions to Morehouse College and a $600,000 donation to Spelman College.