It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Johnnie Taylor

Young gospel phenom, gritty Stax/Volt soulster, lady-killing balladeer, chart-topping disco king, Southern soul-blues stalwart -- Johnnie Taylor somehow always managed to adapt to the times, and he parlayed that versatility into a recording career that lasted nearly four decades. Nicknamed the "Philosopher of Soul" during his Stax days, that version of Taylor is best remembered for his 1968 R&B chart-topping smash "Who's Making Love," but far and away his biggest success was 1976's across-the-board number one "Disco Lady," the first single ever certified platinum (which at the time meant sales of over two million copies). When the national hits dried up, Taylor wound up as one of the most prolific artists on the Malaco label, a refuge for many Southern soul and blues veterans whose styles had fallen out of popular favor by the '80s. Taylor called Malaco home for over 15 years and kept on recording and performing right up to his passing in 2000.

Johnnie Harrison Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, AR, on May 5, 1934 (though he usually gave his birth year as 1938); he grew up mostly in nearby West Memphis. He began singing in church as a young child and later moved to Kansas City, where he performed with a gospel group called the Melody Kings; it was through this outfit that he initially met and befriended Soul Stirrers frontman Sam Cooke. In 1953, Taylor left home and moved to Chicago, where he joined the doo wop group the Five Echoes; shortly thereafter, he began performing concurrently with the gospel group the Highway Q.C.'s, which had once been home to Sam Cooke. In 1957, Taylor would replace Cooke in the hugely influential Soul Stirrers, after Cooke departed for a career in secular music.

After four years with the Soul Stirrers, Taylor escaped gospel music's waning popularity and followed Cooke into the world of secular soul, becoming the first artist to sign with Cooke's label, Sar, in 1961. Taylor released a few singles on Sar and another Cooke label, Derby, over the next few years, including the minor R&B hit "Rome (Wasn't Built in a Day)." Unfortunately, Cooke was murdered in late 1964, and his labels folded, leaving Taylor without a record deal. He returned to the Memphis area and signed with the enormously popular Stax label in 1965, debuting early the following year with "I Had a Dream." Taylor scored a few minor R&B hits over the next few years, including "I Got to Love Somebody's Baby," "Somebody's Sleeping in My Bed," and "Next Time." He hit it big in late 1968 with the gritty, funky "Who's Making Love," his first number one R&B hit, which also made the pop Top Five. Taylor was able to land some decent-sized follow-up hits in the years to come, among them "Take Care of Your Homework," "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," "Steal Away," and "I Am Somebody." By the early '70s, Taylor's bread and butter had become smooth, elegant crooning, as typified by his 1973 album Taylored in Silk and his two attendant ballad smashes, "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" and "Cheaper to Keep Her."

When Stax went bankrupt in 1975, Taylor moved over to CBS/Columbia, debuting in 1976 with the album Eargasm. Its first single, "Disco Lady," was an instant smash, capturing the spirit of the era and selling over two million copies (although some soul fans still debate whether it was a true disco song). "Disco Lady" was Taylor's first number one pop hit, despite losing airplay over its supposedly suggestive lyrics, and it proved such a phenomenon that CBS eagerly pushed him to record more disco-oriented material, something Taylor wasn't extraordinarily comfortable with. He recorded several more albums for the label through 1980, but never came close to duplicating the success of "Disco Lady" and left to sign with the smaller Beverly Glen imprint in 1982.

Taylor recorded one album for Beverly Glen, 1982's Just Ain't Good Enough, which produced a minor R&B hit in "What About My Love." Still searching for a home more in line with the environment at Stax, Taylor soon jumped to Malaco Records, a Southern label dedicated to preserving the region's classic soul and blues sounds (albeit sometimes with a bit less grit than in days of old). Debuting with 1984's This Is Your Night, Taylor and Malaco clicked right away, and he wound up recording a total of 12 albums for the label over the next 15 years, ranking as one of their best-selling artists. Taylor's style during this era had evolved into a hybrid of soul and blues, with more emphasis on the latter than at any other point in his career; he continued to tour steadily through the '80s and '90s, and landed a few more singles on the lower reaches of the R&B chart up until 1990. In 1996, his album Good Love! topped the Billboard blues chart. Taylor's final album was 1999's Gotta Get the Groove Back; on May 31, 2000, he suffered a heart attack at his home in Duncanville, TX (a suburb of Dallas), and died at the hospital. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

boost1234.bm
Sandra say ready like this about these last two dillars
0
We miss you J.T
Love ur music....gre w up listening to this...
firstlady202 4
R I p
firstlady202 4
Good old blues I love u Johnnie taylor.
Theselas ttwo
collared;;;; ;




These last two dollars


I love all his music
it makes me so happy
I love all his music....he also feature guy named Tim Turner
boost1234.bm
I love Johnnie Taylor
It's a Blessing to have those good old warm and soothing to the BONE MEMORIES YEAH!!!!!
Taylor music was special just like he was. He had a unique style and grace in his voice and music that hasn't appeared since. Love your brother. You are at peace now. Olskool
This man is bad! but r.i.p
Great radio!!
boost1234.bm
So good memorir
R.I.P big bull so many memories we love n miss u
I wanna be there!
Said. Said
R .i.p. my friend
How I miss Pete
Oh how I miss you Johnnie Taylor think god for your music it tells the truth about life
boost1234.bm
You all song Sandra like by Johnnie Taylor
boost1234.bm
My Sandra like Johnnie Taylor song soul heaven andel Waiters got my whiskey
I love me some Johnny Taylor!
Love you and floyd missyou
Mr. Johnnie still got it going on
JT was the man! His son was almost a splitting image of his dad! Together now in heaven making that good old soul music! R.I.P. Johnnie & Floyd Taylor
I've always loved little Johnny Taylor....hi s music tugs da heartstring & keep u real with yoself if no one else. Rest easy JT......Bonn i e Nell
On Friday ur crush will kiss u some how! repost this on two other songs or in two days u will die!
There's only a couple dudes that I considered smoother than this dude. But he was the smoothest when it came to beginning of the southern soul blues dance scene. RIP Bro JT.
Johnny Taylor was a blues singer who's music could cross over to everybody he is and will always be missed but never forgotten
He "is" Down Home Blues! Oh yeah!!!!!
sadsac
I use to drive anywhere to see him!,
Slow. And. Easy. Baby
rodney.ford0 8 8 6
Love u JT R.I.P.
R. I. P my friend
Im 29 an my moma used to play ths n tha morning when she was cooking breakfast an cleaning tha house thats y i love old school kuz that s**t b hitting
Johnnie Taylor was the best. He was a handsome and so sweet. Oooh his music and the lyrics was and is so smooth. Rip JT.
They don't make music like they used too. J.T. is my favorite. I can listen to him all day. Along with Bobby Womack, Al Green, D. Hathaway. Great artists.
Hey I was a fan at early age of ten(10)
Now I'm sixty(60)
Cal from plain dealing ,Louisiana
Rip JT
Love this song
love me some johnny Taylor & Al Green
My favorite of all
I love all of the Johnnie Taylor music straight stories all you have to do is listen to the lyrics the soulful melodies and music is a bonus RIP JOHNNIE TAYLOR
Oh my! The lyrics are awesome. Great artist.
A great singer one of the best!
nichelle.cai n 1
Loving Johnnie Taylor and his music still lives on with me Rip loves ya
......Sighin g heavily now......... . . . .
:-) :-) :-) :-) :'(:-) :-) :-) :-)
We sure do MISS u, Johnnie Taylor.
If we are not turning our children on to our music the lessons of learning about music will be lost.
Show more

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[107, 96, 127, 84, 73, 124, 118, 95, 100, 115, 69, 67, 107, 110, 123, 68, 126, 77, 97, 111, 65, 91, 122, 113, 66, 77, 91, 86, 104, 123, 117, 123, 81, 80, 100, 80, 79, 65, 84, 124, 115, 122, 89, 72, 67, 100, 115, 90, 101, 111, 91, 101, 82, 102, 85, 71, 110, 122, 68, 105, 119, 78, 70, 127, 101, 97, 97, 98, 87, 113, 122, 108, 67, 105, 88, 105, 124, 68, 69, 92, 117, 81, 127, 98, 119, 114, 65, 107, 119, 92, 70, 115, 73, 88, 81, 93, 101, 110, 74, 125, 82, 92, 72, 106, 92, 64, 85, 84, 95, 122, 122, 73, 127, 112, 73, 93, 102, 105, 77, 71, 116, 93, 88, 107, 124, 67, 114, 69, 109, 105, 97, 84, 105, 126, 123, 105, 79, 73, 107, 64, 85, 65, 121, 118, 80, 74, 72, 84, 117, 85, 115, 69, 96, 111, 75, 90, 121, 96, 82, 73, 100, 123, 94, 121, 89, 100, 105, 74, 88, 75, 101, 84, 105, 99, 118, 114, 111, 116, 126, 84, 121, 101, 95, 96, 80, 87, 78, 108, 111, 104, 76, 94, 115, 91, 86, 87, 116, 87, 122, 92, 76, 127, 89, 105, 84, 67, 105, 113, 67, 64, 112, 108, 87, 68, 83, 74, 114, 88, 89, 115, 100, 87, 82, 125, 71, 74, 91, 107, 116, 111, 99, 106, 92, 115, 120, 89, 67, 80, 80, 99, 73, 89, 127, 111, 64, 107, 82, 126, 72, 81, 124, 65, 86, 68, 123, 114, 94, 79, 114, 79, 122, 94, 97, 87, 99, 114, 81, 99, 116, 73, 111, 75, 110, 100, 105, 90, 91, 126, 94, 98, 104, 117, 73, 104, 122, 85, 92, 70, 86, 81, 76, 69, 92, 116, 109, 77, 79, 80, 70, 96, 73, 105, 100, 127, 115, 94, 92, 69, 89, 100, 67, 81, 123, 127, 111, 94, 70, 109, 126, 94, 79, 118, 88, 92, 92, 80, 122, 110, 76, 76, 117, 73, 104, 98, 119, 112, 123, 126, 111, 68, 64, 115, 117, 121, 66, 121, 105, 64, 91, 121, 108, 113, 77, 91, 76, 78, 110, 69, 100, 104, 87, 71, 81, 81, 92, 68, 121, 82, 97, 81, 104, 76, 86, 74, 118, 104, 80, 124, 94, 122, 121, 124, 83, 110, 111, 81, 80, 119, 113, 66, 111, 126, 72, 83, 123, 85, 64, 111, 98, 84, 124, 99, 110, 69, 66, 72, 84, 98, 88, 76, 88, 79, 84, 110, 64, 71, 93, 126, 94, 72, 109, 82, 116, 120, 68, 102, 118, 84, 106, 112, 68, 116, 100, 83, 68, 100, 87, 114, 112, 108, 104, 103, 108, 69, 115, 98, 112, 95, 86, 116, 67, 85, 127, 116, 95, 73, 111, 79, 107, 68, 98, 113, 114, 96, 103, 66, 116, 117, 82, 106, 89, 93, 119, 116, 118, 116, 110, 127, 121, 94, 112, 113, 86, 92, 92, 66, 89, 95, 126, 91, 72, 112, 85, 76, 64, 123, 70, 102, 124, 102, 119, 102, 109, 100, 102, 93, 67, 112, 119, 125, 78, 118]