For more than three decades, Johnnie Taylor’s soulful sound and trademark delivery have been mainstays of R&B music. In an industry characterized and defined by its fickle nature, Mr. Taylor’s distinctive voice has achieved for him consistent popularity and a solidly loyal fan base.
Like many singers, Mr. Taylor’s first “audience” was a church congregation; however, his roots grew equally deep in the blues music of that place and time. Born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas and raised in nearby West Memphis, Mr. Taylor was a teenager when he performed and recorded with The Five Echoes, a teen doc-wop group. The rest, as they say, is history.
With more than 35 albums to his credit, Johnnie Taylor’s string of chart-topping hits includes “Who’s Making Love”, “Love Bones”, “Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone”, “I Believe In You”, “We’re Getting Careless With Our Love”, “Last Two Dollars”, “Cheaper to Keep Her”, “Disco Lady”, and “Good Love”.
Following the release and tremendous sales of “Who’s Making Love,” Mr. Taylor was listed as one of the all-time, best-selling acts on Stax records, on par with Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, and Sam & Dave.
The Rhythm & Blues Foundation most recently honored this award-winning performer in Hollywood for his contributions to R&B music. With acceptance of that prestigious award, Mr. Taylor joined the ranks of other pioneering R&B performers such as Little Richard, The Isley Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Cadillacs, Bobby Womack and Charles Brown.