What can I say about Johnnie Taylor......I guess we can just "pour another taste for the brotha's who are no longer with us" and keep on steppin?
Might I suggest that there is something else we can also do, we can remember to give our GREAT artists the props they deserve while they are still here with us!

Johnnie Taylor is one of the DEFINITAVE singers in Soul Music and he deserved better treatment!
Here is how we will remember Johnnie Taylor at Soul Patrol.... starting first with some Johnnie Taylor memories from Debra, then some more Johnnie Taylor memories from our SPECIAL GUEST, Candi Staton and finally with a Discography. Check it out!

--Bob Davis

Johnnie Taylor Memories - by Debra

IMHO, Johnnie Taylor (the "Blues Wailer", as some of the DJ's on the old, original WVON radio station, here in Chicago, called him...) was, indeed, BADD! I have heard LOTS of great black music, in my lifetime.
But, this man was, and always will be, one of my favorite artists. I remember "Who's Makin' Love", too, and dancing to this song when it first came out. I was a kid, too, and, probably, in the 7th grade.
Then, there were other early favorites:

1. That infamous tune (theme) about "Jody" - "...Ain't no sense in goin' home...Jody's got your girl, and gone..."
2. "...Take care of your homework, fellas...If you don't, somebody will..."
3. "Cheaper To Keep Her"

:....& so was...
:"shake it up shake it down, move it in move it around, disco lady..."

"Disco Lady" was cool, too :)... But, to me, these last two CD's that I bought ("Good Love" and "Gotta Get The Groove Back"), via the influence of a couple of local blues radio shows, as well as that of the Soul Patrol, were/are some of the best releases that I have purchased, in quite some time. "Last Two Dollars" & "Big Head Hundreds" are, in my opinion, straight-up jams, and bona fide hits (on my personal "hit parade" ), and I like most of everything else on these CD's, too.

AFAICT, Johnnie Taylor did not care about the artificial "classification"(s) of his music. He just seemed to do his thing, and, apparently, he enjoyed it. It shows, and I, for one, felt(feel) it, when I listen (ed) to his body of work.

Johnnie Taylor is no longer here, on this earth. But, in my mind, heart, soul, and in my CD player, his musical legacy lives on. I will truly miss him.

--Debra


CANDI STATON

REMEMBERS SOUL SINGER JOHNNIE TAYLOR

 

Veteran soul singer Candi Staton ("Young Hearts Run Free") learned of legendary soul singer Johnnie Taylor's ("Who's Making Love"/"Disco Lady") death today from Lou Rawls. "I had called Lou because I heard he was doing a gospel album and I wanted him to be on my TV show ["Say Yes" on the Trinity Broadcasting Network]," says Staton. "When Lou called me back, he was devastated. He told me Johnnie had had a massive heart attack the night before and died."

The three soul singers have a long history together. In the 1950s they were all teenagers performing in professional gospel groups. Staton performed in the Jewel Gospel Trio, Rawls in the Pilgrim Travelers and Taylor replaced Sam Cooke in the Soul Stirrers. They toured on big gospel caravans together with Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers and others. "We all started off in gospel together and then, we all made the transition over into secular music together in the 1960s," Staton recalls. "Sam Cooke told us that we would never be appreciated in gospel music and that we would never make any money in gospel music. He was our ringleader. He encouraged all of us to do R&B.

It was Johnnie Taylor, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack and me. We all hung out together and grew up together in those gospel shows and went into R&B at the same time."

After making a series of great soul numbers in the sixties and early seventies, 1976 was a banner year for all three artists as they all hit #1 on the R&B charts after brief career slumps. Staton had "Young Hearts Run Free," Rawls had "You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine)" and Taylor enjoyed "Disco Lady" which also hit #1 on the pop charts and was the first certified double platinum single.

Throughout the 1970s Staton and Taylor often performed together until she returned to gospel music in 1982. She last saw him two years ago at the Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention when Taylor and his brother, Spencer, also a gospel singer, performed. "We talked and caught up on old times," she says. "He looked so good. He kept his weight down and looked to be in great health. His voice was as great as ever. I asked him if he was happy and he said he was and that he still had a lot more he wanted to do with his life. I'm so sad that he was taken away from us so soon. He was a really sweet guy and an awesome talent."

 

 

JOHNNIE TAYLOR - DISCOGRAPHY

1967 - Wanted: One Soul Singer - Atlantic

1984 - This Is Your Night - Malaco

1968 - Who's Makin' Love? - Stax

1986 - Wall to Wall - Malaco

1969 - The Johnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues - Stax

1986 - Lover Boy - Malaco

1969 - Raw Blues - Stax

1988 - In Control - Malaco

1970 - Rare Stamps - Stax

1989 - Crazy 'Bout You - Malaco

1971 - One Step Beyond - Stax

1990 - Little Bluebird - Stax

1973 - Taylored in Silk - Stax

1991 - (I Know It's Wrong But I) Just - Malaco

1974 - Super Taylor - Stax

1994 - Real Love - Malaco

1976 - Eargasm - Columbia

1995 - Take This Heart of Mine - Fania

1977 - Rated Extraordinaire - CBS

1996 - Brand New - Malaco

1977 - Reflections - RCA

1996 - Good Love! - Malaco

1977 - Disco 9000 - CBS

1996 - Stop Half Loving These Women - Paula

1978 - Ever Ready - CBS

1997 - Disco Lady - Amw

1979 - She's Killing Me - CBS

1997 - Cheaper to Keep Her - 601

1980 - New Day - CBS

1998 - Taylored to Please - Malaco

1982 - Just Ain't Good Enough - Beverly Glen

1999 - Gotta Get the Groove Back - Malaco


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