Born: February 11, 1943 | Died: May 17, 2002 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
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....