Johnnie Taylor

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Tags: soul rhythm and blues blues stax funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 latter’s recommendation. Taylor switched to secular music in 1961; releases on Cooke’s Sar and Derby labels betrayed his mentor’s obvious influence. In 1965 he signed with Stax Records and had several R&B hits before ‘Who’s Making Love’ (1968) crossed over into Billboard’s 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, Who’s Making Love... and Taylored In Silk best illustrate his lengthy period at Stax.

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