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 Johnnie Harrison Taylor

Johnnie Harrison Taylor

Birth
Crawfordsville, Crittenden County, Arkansas, USA
Death 31 May 2000 (aged 66)
Duncanville, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 10175 · View Source
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R&B, Gospel singer. Born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, but grew up in nearby West Memphis. He was the son of Ida Mae Jackson. He later moved to Kansas City and began performing with the gospel group the Melody Kings; through this gospel group he met Sam Cooke. In 1957 he replaced Sam Cooke and became the lead vocalist for the gospel group the Soul Stirrers. After four years with the Soul Stirrers he began singing secular music. In 1961 he became the first artist to sign with Cooke's SAR label. In 1964 Sam Cooke was shot and killed, leaving Johnnie with just a few singles on the SAR label and without a record deal. He returned to Memphis in 1965 and signed with STAX Records, his recordings include "Who's Making Love?" (1968), "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" (1970), "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" (1972). In 1975 he recorded "Disco Lady" for Columbia Records. He recorded his last album in 1999 "Gotta Give the Groove Back". In 1999 he was awarded the Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

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  • Added: 27 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10175
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnnie Harrison Taylor (5 May 1934–31 May 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10175, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .