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Little Johnny Taylor

Some folks still get them mixed up, so to get it straight from the outset, Little Johnny Taylor was best known for his scorching slow blues smashes "Part Time Love" (for Bay Area-based Galaxy Records in 1963) and 1971's "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" for Ronn Records in Shreveport, LA. This Johnny Taylor was definitely not the suave Sam Cooke protégé who blitzed the charts with "Who's Making Love" for Stax in 1968; that's Johnnie Taylor, who added to the confusion by covering "Part Time Love" for Stax. Another similarity between the two Taylors: both hailed from strong gospel backgrounds.

Little Johnny came to Los Angeles in 1950 and did a stint with the Mighty Clouds of Joy before going secular. Influenced by Little Willie John, he debuted as an R&B artist with a pair of 45s for Hunter Hancock's Swingin' logo, but his career didn't soar until he inked a pact with Fantasy's Galaxy subsidiary in 1963 (where he benefited from crisp production by Cliff Goldsmith and Ray Shanklin's arrangements).

The gliding mid-tempo blues "You'll Need Another Favor," firmly in a Bobby Bland mode, was Taylor's first chart item. He followed it up with the tortured R&B chart-topper "Part Time Love," which found him testifying in gospel-fired style over Arthur Wright's biting guitar and a grinding, horn-leavened downbeat groove. The singer also did fairly well with "Since I Found a New Love" in 1964 and "Zig Zag Lightning" in 1966.

Taylor's tenure at Stan Lewis' Ronn imprint elicited the slow blues smash "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" in 1971, and a similarly witty hit follow-up, "Open House at My House," the next year (both were covered later by Z.Z. Hill for Malaco). While at Ronn, Little Johnny cut some duets with yet another Taylor, this one named Ted (no, they weren't related either). Though he recorded only sparingly during the 1980s and 1990s, he remained an active performer until his death in 2002. ~ Bill Dahl
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Track List: Open House

1. Open House At My House, Pt. 1

2. You're Not The Only One Baby (That's Got Someone Across Town)

3. My Special Rose

4. Thousand Miles Away

5. I Can't Stop Loving You

6. What Would I Do (Without You)

7. Open House At My House, Pt. 2

8. You're Savin' Your Best Loving For Me

9. As Long As I Don't See You

10. Strange Bed With A Bad Head

11. I'll Make It Worth Your While

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Is little Jonny Taylor and Ted Taylor related
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THIS IS JACKIE JUST LOST MY FATHER AND HE AND I LOVE THE BLUES WHEN ARE U COMING TOO CLEVE. JT BBB BB GONE.WE NEED YOU LOVE YOUR MUSIC.HEY I CANNOT LEAVE SIR CHARLES OUT.
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Little Johnny Taylor - was one of my best friends
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meme05g
Loves da blues
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Love me some real blues need me an pint
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I love his blues.
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I just feel like dancn
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lol
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This is Little Johnny Taylor he started out singing with the Mighty Clouds Of Joy
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i am thinking it is Z.Z. Hill
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THIS IS NOT JOHNNIE TAYLOR....MY grandma ,mama and aunts listened to this song when I was a lil girl growing up...can't remember who it is but it's not lil Johnnie Taylor
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wow. love me some johnny taylor. saw him 3 months before he died. one of the best shows i've ever been to.
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I didn't know they aren't the same Wow
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I like this song
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i like this one
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