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29 January 1923, Benoit, Mississippi, USA, d. 25 December 1985, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A self-taught musician, Eddie Playboy Taylor found early inspiration in the work of Charley Patton, Son House and Robert Johnson. His formative years were spent playing guitar at local social gatherings and clubs but in 1948 he travelled to Chicago to pursue a full-time career. Taylors combo became a popular attraction and in 1953 he auditioned for the citys Vee-Jay Records label. Paradoxically, the company preferred the style of back-up guitarist Jimmy Reed and their roles were consequently reversed. Taylor appeared on the majority of masters Reed recorded between 1953 and 1964, including You Dont Have To Go (1955), Aint That Lovin You Baby (1956) and Honest I Do (1957), each of which reached the R&B Top 10. Taylors sessions as a leader commenced in 1955 and he later achieved a local hit...