5 May 1938, Crawfordsville, Arkansas, USA, d. 31 May 2000, Dallas, Texas, USA. Having left home at the age of 15, Taylor surfaced as part of several gospel groups, including the Five Echoes and the Highway QCs. In 1956 he joined the Soul Stirrers, replacing Sam Cooke on the latters recommendation. Taylor switched to secular music in 1961; releases on Cookes Sar and Derby labels betrayed his mentors obvious influence. In 1965 he signed with Stax Records and had several R&B hits before Whos Making Love (1968) crossed over into Billboards pop Top 5. Further releases, including Take Care Of Your Homework (1969), I Believe In You (You Believe In Me) and Cheaper To Keep Her (both 1973), continued this success. The albums Wanted: One Soul Singer, Whos Making Love... and Taylored In Silk best illustrate his lengthy period at Stax.
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