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Monday, 5 May 2014

Johnnie Taylor born 5 May 1937

Johnnie Harrison Taylor (May 5, 1934  – May 31, 2000) was an American vocalist in a wide variety of genres, from rhythm and blues, soul, blues and gospel to pop, doo-wop and disco.
Johnnie Harrison Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, AR, on May 5, 1934 (though he usually gave his birth year as 1938); he grew up mostly in nearby West Memphis. He began singing in church as a young child and later moved to Kansas City, where he performed
with a gospel group called the Melody Kings; it was through this outfit that he initially met and befriended Soul Stirrers frontman Sam Cooke. In 1953, Taylor left home and moved to Chicago, where he joined the doo wop group the Five Echoes; shortly thereafter, he began performing concurrently with the gospel group the Highway Q.C.'s, which had once been home to Sam Cooke. In 1957, Taylor would replace Cooke in the hugely influential Soul Stirrers, after Cooke departed for a career in secular music.
A few years later, after Cooke had established his independent SAR
Records, Taylor signed on as one of the label's first acts and recorded "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" in 1962. However, SAR Records quickly became defunct after Cooke's death in 1964.
In 1966, Taylor moved to Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was dubbed "The Philosopher of Soul". While there he recorded with the label's house band, Booker T. & the MGs. His hits included "I Had a Dream", "I've Got to Love Somebody's Baby" (both written by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter) and most notably "Who's Making Love", which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1968. "Who's Making Love" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
During his tenure at Stax, he became an R&B star, with over a dozen chart successes, such as "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone", which reached No. 23 on the Hot 100 chart, "Cheaper to Keep Her" (Mack Rice) and record producer Don Davis's penned "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)", which reached No. 11 on the Hot 100 chart. "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" also sold in excess of one million units, and was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in October 1973. Taylor, along with Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers was one of the label's flagship artists. He appeared in the documentary film, Wattstax, which was released in 1973.
After Stax folded in 1975, Taylor switched to Columbia Records, where he made his best known hit, "Disco Lady", in 1976. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the U.S. It peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1976. "Disco Lady" was the first certified platinum single (two million copies sold) by the RIAA.
After a brief stint at Beverly Glen Records, Taylor signed with Malaco Records after the label's founder Tommy Couch and producing partner Wolf Stephenson heard him sing at blues singer Z. Z. Hill's funeral in the spring of 1984. In the 1980s Johnnie Taylor was a DJ on KKDA-FM, a Dallas/Fort Worth radio station. The station's format is mostly R&B and Soul oldies and their on-the-air personalities are often local R&B, Soul, blues, and jazz musicians. Mr. Taylor was billed as "The Wailer, Johnnie Taylor".
Backed by members of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as well as in-house veterans like former Stax keyboardist Carson Whitsett and guitarist/bandleader Bernard Jenkins, Malaco gave Taylor the type of recording freedom that Stax had given him in the late 1960s and early 1970s, enabling him to record ten albums for the label in his sixteen-year stint.
In 1996, Taylor's eighth album for Malaco, Good Love!, reached number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart (#15 R&B), and was the biggest record in Malaco's history. With this success, Malaco recorded a live video of Taylor at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas in the summer of 1997. The club portion of the "Good Love" video was recorded at 1001 Nightclub in Jackson, Mississippi. Taylor was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.
Taylor's final song was "Soul Heaven", in which he dreamed of being at a concert featuring deceased soul music icons Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and MGs drummer Al Jackson, Jr., among others.
Taylor died of a heart attack at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas, on May 31, 2000, aged 66. He was buried beside his mother, Ida Mae Taylor, at Forrest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. (Info edited from Wikipedia & All Music)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Johnnie Taylor - Lifetime: A Retrospective of Soul, Blues & Gospel (1956-1999)(3-CD SET)
go here:

CD1 -

01 - The Highway Q.C.'s - I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This
02 - The Soul Stirrers - Heaven Is My Home (Take 1)
03 - The Soul Stirrers - The Love of God (Take 7)
04 - The Soul Stirrers - Out on a Hill (Take 1)
05 - The Soul Stirrers - Until Then (Take 3)
06 - The Soul Stirrers - When the Gates Swing Open
07 - Johnnie Taylor - Never, Never
08 - Johnnie Taylor - Rome (Wasn't Built in a Day)
09 - Johnnie Taylor - Dance What You Wanna
10 - Johnnie Taylor - Baby, We've Got Love
11 - Johnnie Taylor - I Had a Dream
12 - Johnnie Taylor - Easy Lovin' (Previously unissued)
13 - Johnnie Taylor - I've Got to Love Somebody's Baby
14 - Johnnie Taylor - Just The One (I've Been Looking For) (Take 7)
15 - Johnnie Taylor - Part Time Love (Take 2)
16 - Johnnie Taylor - Sixteen Tons (Take 6)
17 - Johnnie Taylor - Somebody's Sleeping in My Bed
18 - Johnnie Taylor - Blues in the Night (Take 1)
19 - Johnnie Taylor - Save Your Love For Me (Take 2)
20 - Johnnie Taylor - I Need Lots of Love (Previously unissued)
21 - Johnnie Taylor - You Can't Win With a Losing Hand (Take 3)
22 - Johnnie Taylor - Rumors
23 - Johnnie Taylor - You Don't Know Like I Know (Take 3)
24 - Johnnie Taylor - Twenty Years From Today (Take 4)
25 - Johnnie Taylor - Twenty Years From Today (Take 7)

CD2 -

01 - Johnnie Taylor - Little Bluebird
02 - Johnnie Taylor - Toe Hold
03 - Johnnie Taylor - That's Where It's At
04 - Johnnie Taylor - I Ain't Particular
05 - Johnnie Taylor - Woman Across the River
06 - Johnnie Taylor - Who's Making Love
07 - Johnnie Taylor - I'm Not the Same Person
08 - Johnnie Taylor - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
09 - Johnnie Taylor - Mr. Nobody Is Somebody Now
10 - Johnnie Taylor - Take Care of Your Homework
11 - Johnnie Taylor - Testify (I Wonna)
12 - Johnnie Taylor - Separation Line
13 - Johnnie Taylor - I Could Never Be President
14 - Johnnie Taylor - Love Bones
15 - Johnnie Taylor - Steal Away
16 - Johnnie Taylor - Steal Away (Unissued Live)
17 - Johnnie Taylor - I Am Somebody (Parts 1 & 2)
18 - Johnnie Taylor - Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone
19 - Johnnie Taylor - I Don't Wanna Lose You (Parts 1 & 2)
20 - Johnnie Taylor - Don't Take My Sunshine
21 - Johnnie Taylor - Hijackin' Love

CD3 -

01 - Johnnie Taylor - Standing in for Jody
02 - Johnnie Taylor - Doing My Own Thing (Part 1)
03 - Johnnie Taylor - Stop Doggin' Me
04 - Johnnie Taylor - I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)
05 - Johnnie Taylor - Cheaper To Keep Her
06 - Johnnie Taylor - We're Getting Careless With Our Love
07 - Johnnie Taylor - Starting All Over Again
08 - Johnnie Taylor - I've Been Born Again
09 - Johnnie Taylor - It's September
10 - Johnnie Taylor - Try Me Tonight
11 - Johnnie Taylor - Free
12 - Johnnie Taylor - Disco Lady
13 - Johnnie Taylor - Running Out of Lies
14 - Johnnie Taylor - God Is Standing By
15 - Johnnie Taylor - Play Something Pretty
16 - Johnnie Taylor - Lady, My Whole World Is You
17 - Johnnie Taylor - Lover Boy
18 - Johnnie Taylor - Last Two Dollars
19 - Johnnie Taylor - Soul Heaven