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Huey Lewis compiled Johnnie Taylor's Stax Profiles, a 14-track combination of his best-known songs with lesser-heard material, that examines both his pre-Stax output and hit recordings for the Memphis-based label. Although collectors will have little use for this set, it suits the purposes of curious listeners quite well. These 14 cuts chronicle Taylor's progression from gospel singer with the Highway Q.C.'s and the Soul Stirrers to "the Philosopher of Soul," highlighted by "Disco Lady" and "Who's Making Love."


Born: 05 May 1938 in Crawfordsville, AR

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Young gospel phenom, gritty Stax/Volt soulster, lady-killing balladeer, chart-topping disco king, Southern soul-blues stalwart -- Johnnie Taylor somehow always managed to adapt to the times, and he parlayed that versatility into a recording career that lasted nearly four decades. Nicknamed the "Philosopher of Soul" during his Stax days, that version of Taylor is best remembered for his 1968 R&B chart-topping smash "Who's Making Love," but far and away his biggest success was 1976's across-the-board...
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