|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
25 October 1934, USA. Taylor was born into a musical family, his father was noted R&B and jazz tenor saxophonist Sam The Man Taylor and his mother had sung in vaudeville. Raised by his mother, he sang in church as a child but his first career choice was decidedly unmusical; he trained to become a professional boxer. Meanwhile, he dabbled in playing guitar and writing songs. Although moderately successful in the boxing ring, he eventually switched careers to become a professional musician after which his playing and especially his writing developed very well. From the late 50s Taylor was very often in the studios, playing guitar and occasionally singing backing vocals on a wide variety of record dates with musicians of many types, including Albert Collins, the Drifters, the Isley Brothers, Otis Redding, Big Joe Turner and T-Bone Walker. He also maintained his commitment to the church and gospel music. Sessions as a singer include those...