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Little Johnny Taylor

Little Johnny Taylor was one of the finest practitioners of the soul blues style of R&B which merges the vocal approach of black gospel with the blues. Born in Memphis on Feb. 11, 1943, he was raised in California and began his recording career singing in gospel groups, notably the Mighty Clouds Of Joy and then the Stars of Bethel. Taylor briefly sang with the Johnny Otis Revue and recorded for Hunter Hancock's Swingin' label before joining the San Francisco-based Galaxy label in 1963. Under the production aegis of Cliff Goldsmith, he immediately reached the R&B chart with "You'll Need Another Favor" and then followed with one of the most famous blues of the modern era, "Part Time Love" (composed by Clay Hammond), which went to the top of the R&B charts, and even reached the pop Top 20. Following the gigantic success of "Part Time Love" Taylor achieved only minor successes on Galaxy, with "Since I Found A New Love" (1964) "Zig Zag Lightning" (1966) and "Big Blue Diamonds." (1967) Taylor left the Galaxy label in 1968. He re-emerged in the early 70s on the Shreveport, Louisiana-based Ronn label, with whom he recorded in the Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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It's a long way from the rich, fertile delta lands of North Little Rock, Ark., to the Netherlands, where Billy Jones records for Dutch blues label Black and Tan Records, but it was a route of which he never lost sight. Born into the segregated south, he was exposed to the driving beat of the blues ...


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