Johnny Sayles

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Decades: 1990s


9 February 1937, Winnsboro, Texas, USA, d. 17 August 1993, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Sayles was possibly one of the finest ‘tough-soul’ singers of the earliest (early 60s) soul era, and several of his recordings for George Leaner’s Chicago-based Mar-V-Lus label are as potent and telling as anything recorded by far better-known singers, such as Wilson Pickett and Otis Clay. Sayles only had four sides released at the time, but several others were reissued later on a superb Japanese album. At the age of 18, he moved to St. Louis and worked with Eugene Neal’s Rocking Kings, Ike Turner’s local Kings Of Rhythm, and fronted his own band at Chuck Berry’s Paradise Club. After quitting music for a time to study in Houston, in 1963 he joined the Five Dutones’ Review tour, playing the role of ‘Little’ Johnny Taylor, who had a current R&B number 1 hit with ‘Part Time Love’. His first recording for Leaner the fine,...

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