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    Johnnie Harrison Taylor was born on May 5th, 1937 in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. Taylor was the youngest of three siblings. He was raised in West Memphis Arkansas under the watchful eye of his grandmother and he began singing in the church at the age of six. Taylor decided as a child that singing would become his profession and he moved to Kansas City when he was ten. J.T. began performing with a gospel quartet called the Melody Makers who would occasionally perform with the popular gospel group, the Soul Stirrers. During this time, the Souls Stirrers starred renowned vocalist Sam Cooke. Taylor and Cooke soon became good friends and, eventually, Taylor would replace Cooke as the featured vocalist in the Soul Stirrers. The two legendary singers would maintain a friendship and a business relationship until Cooke’s death in 1964.By 1953, Taylor had moved to Chicago and he began performing with the doo-wop group the 5 Echoes. Taylor simultaneously began performing with another group called the Highway Q.C.’s. Taylor’s stint with the Highway Q.C.’s led to his recruitment into the Soul Stirrers in 1958. Taylor remained with the Soul Stirrers for about two years, but he left the group, and Chicago, to relocate in Los Angeles.

    In 1961, Taylor transformed himself from a gospel singer to a secular singer by signing a record deal with SAR Records. There, with the help of Sam Cooke, J.T. began recording his first secular tunes including “Rome (Wasn’t Built in a Day)”. However, SAR folded with the death of Cooke. Taylor then set his sights on the two hottest record labels of the day: Stax and Motown. Taylor was indecisive about which company to approach, so he flipped a coin to decide. Taylor’s fate lay with Stax and he began his successful run there in 1966. While at Stax, J.T. recorded with some of America’s greatest musicians, including keyboardists Isaac Hayes and Booker T. Jones. Stax brought in producer Don Davis, whom Taylor would work with for a number of years.

    The Stax years produced four number one Billboard R&B hits for Taylor, including the unforgettable soul song “Who’s Making Love”. In 1975, Taylor and producer Don Davis moved their act to Columbia records where they enjoyed Taylor's biggest hit. “Disco Lady” topped the Billboard pop charts in 1976 and became the first single ever to become officially certified platinum for sales of two million copies.In 1984, Taylor moved on to Malaco Records, a blues label based out of Jackson, Mississippi. He continued to record for Malaco throughout the 1990’s. Taylor’s 1996 album Good Love became Malaco’s greatest selling album in its history on the strength of the single “Last Two Dollars”. Taylor’s final album was 1999’s Gotta Get the Groove Back. That album culminated an unbelievable career held by one of the greatest gospel, soul, and Rhythm and Blues singers of the 20th century.


    Discography

    1967 - Wanted: One Soul Singer - Atlantic
    1968 - Who's Makin' Love? - Stax
    1969 - The Johnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues - Stax
    1969 - Raw Blues - Stax
    1970 - Rare Stamps - Stax
    1971 - One Step Beyond - Stax
    1973 - Taylored in Silk - Stax
    1974 - Super Taylor - Stax
    1976 - Eargasm - Columbia
    1977 - Rated Extraordinaire - Columbia
    1977 - Reflections - RCA
    1977 - Disco 9000 - Columbia
    1978 - Ever Ready - Columbia
    1979 - She's Killing Me - Columbia
    1980 - New Day - Columbia
    1982 - Just Ain't Good Enough - Beverly Glen
    1984 - This Is Your Night - Malaco
    1986 - Wall to Wall - Malaco
    1986 - Lover Boy - Malaco
    1988 - In Control - Malaco
    1989 - Crazy 'Bout You - Malaco
    1990 - Little Bluebird - Stax
    1991 - (I Know It's Wrong But I) Just Can't Do Right - Malaco
    1994 - Real Love - Malaco
    1995 - Take This Heart of Mine - Fania
    1996 - Brand New - Malaco
    1996 - Good Love! - Malaco
    1998 - Taylored to Please - Malaco
    1999 - Gotta Get the Groove Back - Malaco

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    Separation Line

    Your Love Is Rated X

    Who's Making Love

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    Last edited by DuranDuran; 09-03-2011 at 07:00 PM.

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    Somebody's Gettin' It

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    Disco Lady (featuring Bootsy Collins on bass)

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    Great man of soul right there...


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    I'm Changing & medley

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    Running Out Of Lies

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    Just Because

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    Here's a couple of JT's children, Tasha & Floyd:

    Stay

    You Still Got It


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    Heaven Is My Home (with The Soul Stirrers)

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    Johnnie Taylor was a true soul man.


    "OK, first of all, I have this skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It's something that I cannot help. Okay? But when people make up stories that I don't wanna be what I am, it hurts me. It's a problem for me, okay? I can't control it. But let's reverse it. What about all the millions of people who sit out in the sun to become other than what they are?" -- Michael Jackson (1993)

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    Never heard of him before, but I'll be sure to check his music out.

    Rest in peace, Michael. Teach the angels to moonwalk.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FinalEyes View Post
    Never heard of him before, but I'll be sure to check his music out.
    He never really crossed over to the pop charts or a mainstream audience, but to a certain generational group, JT is just as popular as MJ or James Brown, maybe moreso.

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