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Johnnie Taylor

Young gospel phenom, gritty Stax/Volt soulster, lady-killing balladeer, chart-topping disco king, Southern soul-blues stalwart -- Johnnie Taylor somehow always managed to adapt to the times, and he parlayed that versatility into a recording career that lasted nearly four decades. Nicknamed the "Philosopher of Soul" during his Stax days, that version of Taylor is best remembered for his 1968 R&B chart-topping smash "Who's Making Love," but far and away his biggest success was 1976's across-the-board number one "Disco Lady," the first single ever certified platinum (which at the time meant sales of over two million copies). When the national hits dried up, Taylor wound up as one of the most prolific artists on the Malaco label, a refuge for many Southern soul and blues veterans whose styles had fallen out of popular favor by the '80s. Taylor called Malaco home for over 15 years and kept on recording and performing right up to his passing in 2000.

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.

After four years with the Soul Stirrers, Taylor escaped gospel music's waning popularity and followed Cooke into the world of secular soul, becoming the first artist to sign with Cooke's label, Sar, in 1961. Taylor released a few singles on Sar and another Cooke label, Derby, over the next few years, including the minor R&B hit "Rome (Wasn't Built in a Day)." Unfortunately, Cooke was murdered in late 1964, and his labels folded, leaving Taylor without a record deal. He returned to the Memphis area and signed with the enormously popular Stax label in 1965, debuting early the following year with "I Had a Dream." Taylor scored a few minor R&B hits over the next few years, including "I Got to Love Somebody's Baby," "Somebody's Sleeping in My Bed," and "Next Time." He hit it big in late 1968 with the gritty, funky "Who's Making Love," his first number one R&B hit, which also made the pop Top Five. Taylor was able to land some decent-sized follow-up hits in the years to come, among them "Take Care of Your Homework," "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," "Steal Away," and "I Am Somebody." By the early '70s, Taylor's bread and butter had become smooth, elegant crooning, as typified by his 1973 album Taylored in Silk and his two attendant ballad smashes, "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" and "Cheaper to Keep Her."

When Stax went bankrupt in 1975, Taylor moved over to CBS/Columbia, debuting in 1976 with the album Eargasm. Its first single, "Disco Lady," was an instant smash, capturing the spirit of the era and selling over two million copies (although some soul fans still debate whether it was a true disco song). "Disco Lady" was Taylor's first number one pop hit, despite losing airplay over its supposedly suggestive lyrics, and it proved such a phenomenon that CBS eagerly pushed him to record more disco-oriented material, something Taylor wasn't extraordinarily comfortable with. He recorded several more albums for the label through 1980, but never came close to duplicating the success of "Disco Lady" and left to sign with the smaller Beverly Glen imprint in 1982.

Taylor recorded one album for Beverly Glen, 1982's Just Ain't Good Enough, which produced a minor R&B hit in "What About My Love." Still searching for a home more in line with the environment at Stax, Taylor soon jumped to Malaco Records, a Southern label dedicated to preserving the region's classic soul and blues sounds (albeit sometimes with a bit less grit than in days of old). Debuting with 1984's This Is Your Night, Taylor and Malaco clicked right away, and he wound up recording a total of 12 albums for the label over the next 15 years, ranking as one of their best-selling artists. Taylor's style during this era had evolved into a hybrid of soul and blues, with more emphasis on the latter than at any other point in his career; he continued to tour steadily through the '80s and '90s, and landed a few more singles on the lower reaches of the R&B chart up until 1990. In 1996, his album Good Love! topped the Billboard blues chart. Taylor's final album was 1999's Gotta Get the Groove Back; on May 31, 2000, he suffered a heart attack at his home in Duncanville, TX (a suburb of Dallas), and died at the hospital. ~ Steve Huey
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Nice song on blue
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Good Blues man,!!
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jeremyhull40
Memphis barbeques,co l d beer,and Seagrams 7
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OK stop playing its September girl wht-up???
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Get a glass of wine sat back and listed to Johnnie Taylor old school music
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cezanneedad
Old school for life
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Grown Folks Soul Funk Disco Lady BBQ.
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What a soulful voice! Emotion personified!
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I love you Johnnie Taylor
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I'm Roosevelt I love the blues I'm from Mississippi that all they play
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Thank God for Pandora I have Cowboys at my job listening to Johnny Taylor
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M titles and it is the ISO to do one thing for a few long time no talk of a sudden urge the new one version was much more utility companies are so much better now I can't believe I'm
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Grew up listening to all the classic.
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This music got real meaning good soulful 60 plus years and still sound good to the ears I" love " it what I was brought up listening too.
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So real right from the gut
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Brings back so many good memories
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Music that means something... . G o o d stuff!!!
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Nice blue sing and songy
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Nothing like Mr.JT
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snbculp
MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY FIVE YEARS AGO. LISTENING TO OLD SCHOOL MUSIC BRINGS BACK WONDERFUL MEMORIES
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Y HUSBAND PASED AWAY SUDDENLY FIVE YEARS AGO AND THIS MUSIC BRINGS ME BACK TO HAPPIER TIMES WITH HIM..THE MUSIC SPEAKS TO THE SOUL.
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En Paz Descanse ,Johnnie Taylor. And there is a Hispanic man who wrote a song for Johnnie Taylor. Does anyone knows his name please?
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curry.dariou s 9 7 0 7
Don't do it don't do it JT.
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Huge fan great song love your music
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Ole school music is better to listen to no matter wat u r doin or wat u r thinking about luving all oldies
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Ain't no sense in going home cause Jody got your girl and gone that's a load off him lol
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Johnnie Taylor was among the best in R&B I Love his smooth style.
Margie Peet
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R.I.P Johnnie Taylor one of da Best to Do it.... No Lie maynee
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lisalopez491 9 6 6
Dang.....JT. . . . . s u r e l y MISSED......
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Just love J.T's music, No one can match his style.
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One. Of. The. Best. There. Is!!!!
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I listen to this song while working on my business website www.bol-deal s . c o m
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My favorite blues singer i can listen. To johnny all day and night esp sending you a kiss
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Running out of lies, I think l'm gonna come clean.
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I miss u Johnny . I'm gonna ez back out.
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Reading most of these texts, I guess, I'm a "Young Buck"....... But when it comes to Blues and ESPECIALLY J.T., I'm As old as "fine wine". One of my daddy's favorites!! Been listening to J.T. Since 1977, and I was born in 1977!!
My MAIN MAN ALL my life. My generation has NO IDEA what's real and what's really going on. So proud my parents put "real" RIGHT in front of me. I have 3 children under the age of 8 and they all listen and KNOW "J.T"!!!
MAN!!!! Real music, PLEASE COME BACK!!!
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I love old school music
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seductionmil l e r 7 8
I'm feel'n tht groove by J.T."I'm tired of lying
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Why don't you try me tonite...I swear I'm out of sight.
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Sing it baby!!!
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omar love him tooo
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Love this man
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johnny taylor gotta get the groove back' juk joint
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Stop dogin' me around woo!
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Nice old school that will never get old
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When you see me, you're supposed to walk on by....
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The last time we were together, you made home just in the knick of time.
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I love the BLUES......i miss the old days
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There's nothing like the blue
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If you know the blues this is it
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