Johnnie Taylor
American soul-blues and pop singer
Johnnie Taylor
Johnnie Harrison Taylor was an American vocalist in a wide variety of genres, from rhythm and blues, soul, blues and gospel to pop, doo-wop and disco.
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David Wild: "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?": A Playlist For David Petraeus
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Whenever I was misbehaving as a young man, my late great Dad always threatened to send me away to military school. I had no idea that my father -- a Naval officer back in the day -- was thinking of ways for me to someday meet women. So here's my playlist for General David Petraeus and his confusing personal life that even camouflage can't cover up right now. As always, please add your own songs below -- and please no cheating! WHOSE BED HAVE YOUR BOOTS BEEN UNDER - Shania Twain GENERALS AND MAJORS - XTC NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO CHEAT - David Allan Coe LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE - Eminem featuring Rihanna ANOTHER MAN'S VINE - Tom Waits YOUR CHEATIN' HEART - Hank Williams BEFORE HE CHEATS - Carrie Underwood YOU, ME AND HE - Mtume CRY ME A RIVER - Justin Timberlake GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME - General Johnson MILITARY MADNESS - Graham Nash TRYING TO LOVE TWO - William Bell BACK DOOR MAN - The Doors BROKEN VOW - Josh Groban SPARE ME THE DETAILS - The Offspring O.P.P. ...
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Toby Keith: CMT Insider Interview - CMT.com
Google News - over 5 years
We sell this thing out and then we play Waylon and Johnnie Taylor and Ray Charles and "Shambala" by Three Dog Night, Gordon Lightfoot. Just a wild mix of bluesy songs. And we record it live. Then on my album, when you buy the deluxe version,
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Bobby Womack - Bobby Womack Still Heartbroken About Baby Son's Death - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
Every time I heard somebody had died - Johnnie Taylor or somebody else - instead of going to the funeral, I'd go and get high. "Eventually I reached out to God and said, 'Look, I'm in trouble. I don't even know who I am
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Breaking Ground for Groundbreakers - Cincinnati CityBeat
Google News - over 5 years
The guitarist, who is white, also played with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas and more Soul giants of the 1960s. In the 1970s, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd tapped him (and bass-playing MG's partner Donald “Duck”
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Scenes From R.L.'s Blues Palace #2 - Dallas Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Since making that decision, RL's South Dallas stage has earned quite the national reputation, hosting many notable area and road acts, including ZZ Hill, Buddy Ace, Johnnie Taylor, Little Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bobby Rush and
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Scott Sharrard - Gregg Allman's Secret Weapon - Glide Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Booker T & The MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Otis Redding, Albert King on Stax. That's my concept of music I played being at its best. But that said, when you say refresh or rejuvenate, I mean, I play that kind of music all the time
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Sease & Desist: The Soulfully Outrageous Sound of Marvin Sease - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
Johnnie Taylor, Tyrone Davis, and to a lesser extent, Bobby Rush all come to mind. Perhaps that's something to be expected here though. With songs like “The Power of Coochie”, “Rather Be Licked”, “The Bitch Git It All”, and “I Ate The Whole Thang”,
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Fitz And The Tantrums 'Pickin' Up The Pieces' - The Vine
Google News - over 5 years
And so 'Dear Mr. President' does a fine job living up to Johnnie Taylor's 1969 single 'I Could Never be President', which surveyed all the country's troubles while sticking to a wicked catchiness that made many gloss over the jaded lyrics
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Album Review: Booker T. Jones – The Road From Memphis - Consequence of Sound
Google News - over 5 years
... Barkley's “Crazy” and Lauryn Hill's “Everything Is Everything” (and some old-school jams, too, like lead-off track “Walking Papers”, which cribs the hook from Booker T and MGs-backed “Who's Making Love” by Johnnie Taylor, a Stax Records crooner)
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CRATE-DIG DUSTY: "The Songstress," Anita Baker - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
She recorded for Beverly Glen, an independent LA-based company whose roster included Bobby Womack and Johnnie Taylor. As R&B found its "computer love" with programmed instruments, Anita stuck with tradition. Perhaps she was the original "neo-soul" star
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Festival brings weekend of blues (and then some) - Reno Gazette Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Note: A Friday tribute to Johnnie Taylor by Floyd Taylor is at 9 pm at the Grand Sierra Resort Theater. Cost is $10 for this separately ticketed Blues Fest event. Tickets: $58-$105, available at Ticketmaster outlets or ticketmaster.com
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Fever: Little Willie John and the Birth of Soul - The Arts Desk
Google News - over 5 years
Johnnie Taylor. The Stax artist was a friend and admirer of Willie's. Hearing Taylor on “Who's Making Love”, his 1968 hit released the year that he was a pallbearer in Willie's Detroit funeral, is a strong hint of how Willie might have sounded if he'd
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NEW ENDORSERS TRIGGER JUNE HEAT WAVE AT RS BERKELEY - Jazzcorner
Google News - over 5 years
His works also includes Grammy nominated artists - Les Nubians, Bobby Blue' Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Brass Construction, Wilson Pickett, Gavin DeGraw, Calvin Richardson, Ryan Shaw, Gordon Chambers and Latin artist, CuCu Diamantes
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Saturday Night Fever - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
But these were followed by genre-defining hits such as Johnnie Taylor's Disco Lady and novelties like Disco Duck by Rick Dees and His Cast Of Idiots. As the expression of a minority subculture, it also featured openly gay performers such as Sir Monti
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How common is infidelity, anyway? - Salon
Google News - over 5 years
1 hits like Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," and Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" -- And quick, name one porn scene (despite the fact that you never watch porn) in which the woman is truly
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In the kitchen - Montgomery Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
Chef Johnnie Taylor competes in the Culinary Masters Competition recently at the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore. / In the kitchen ATMORE -- Chef Rita Williams kept her eyes away from the huge clock front and center at one end of the kitchen,
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Today in Music History - May 31 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In 2000, singer Johnnie Taylor died of an apparent heart attack at a hospital in Dallas. He was 62. He's probably best known for songs like "Who's Making Love" and "Disco Lady." That same day, Latin bandleader Tito Puente died in New York from
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnnie Taylor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 62
    Taylor died of a heart attack at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas, on May 31, 2000, aged 66.
    More Details Hide Details Stax billed Johnnie Taylor as "The Philosopher of Soul". He was also known as "the Blues Wailer". He was buried beside his mother, Ida Mae Taylor, at Forrest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 1999
    Age 61
    Taylor was given a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, the UK's Shapeshifters sampled Taylor's 1982 "What About My Love?", for their #1 hit single, "Lola's Theme".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 59
    With this success, Malaco recorded a live video of Taylor at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The club portion of the Good Love video was recorded at 1001 Nightclub in Jackson, Mississippi. Taylor's final song was "Soul Heaven", in which he dreamed of being at a concert featuring deceased African-American music icons from Louis Armstrong to Otis Redding to Z.Z. Hill to The Notorious B.I.G., among others. In the 1980s, Johnnie Taylor was a DJ on KKDA-AM, a radio station in the Dallas area, where he had made his home. The station's format was mostly R&B and Soul oldies and their on-the-air personalities were often local R&B, Soul, blues, and jazz musicians. Taylor was billed as "The Wailer, Johnnie Taylor".
  • 1996
    Age 58
    In 1996, Taylor's eighth album for Malaco, Good Love!, reached number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart (#15 R&B), and was the biggest record in Malaco's history.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 46
    After a short stay at a small independent label in Los Angeles, Beverly Glen Records, Taylor signed with Malaco Records after the company's founder Tommy Couch and producing partner Wolf Stephenson heard him sing at blues singer Z. Z. Hill's funeral in spring 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Backed by members of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, as well as in-house veterans such as former Stax keyboardist Carson Whitsett and guitarist/bandleader Bernard Jenkins, Malaco gave Taylor the type of recording freedom that Stax had given him in the late 1960s and early 1970s, enabling him to record ten albums for the label in his 16-year stint.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 37
    After Stax folded in 1975, Taylor switched to Columbia Records, where he recorded his biggest success with Don Davis still in charge of production, "Disco Lady", in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks at the top of the R&B chart. It peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1976. "Disco Lady" was the first certified platinum single (two million copies sold) by the RIAA. Taylor recorded several more successful albums and R&B single hits with Davis on Columbia, before Brad Shapiro took over production duties, but sales generally fell away.
  • 1973
    Age 35
    He appeared in the documentary film, Wattstax, which was released in 1973.
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    During his tenure at Stax, he became an R&B star, with over a dozen chart successes, such as "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone", which reached No. 23 on the Hot 100 chart, "Cheaper to Keep Her" (Mack Rice) and record producer Don Davis's penned "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)", which reached No. 11 on the Hot 100 chart. "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" also sold in excess of one million copies, and was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in October 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor, along with Isaac Hayes and The Staple Singers, was one of the label's flagship artists.
  • 1970
    Age 32
    In 1970, Taylor married Gerlean Rocket and they remained married until his death in 2000.
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  • 1968
    Age 30
    His hits included "I Had a Dream", "I've Got to Love Somebody's Baby" (both written by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter) and most notably "Who's Making Love", which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the R&B chart in 1968. "Who's Making Love" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 28
    In 1966, Taylor moved to Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was dubbed "The Philosopher of Soul".
    More Details Hide Details He recorded with the label's house band, which included Booker T. & the MGs.
  • 1962
    Age 24
    A few years later, after Cooke had established his independent SAR Records, Taylor signed on as one of the label's first acts and recorded "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details However, SAR Records quickly became defunct after Cooke's death in 1964.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 19
    His singing then was strikingly close to that of Sam Cooke, and he was hired to take Cooke's place in the latter's gospel group, the Soul Stirrers, in 1957.
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  • OTHER
  • 1934
    Age -4
    Born on May 5, 1934.
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