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J.T. Taylor: Greatest Hits

James "J.T." Taylor

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Album Review

Hip-O's 2001 Greatest Hits collection pulls off a nifty trick by balancing J.T. Taylor's solo hits with duet numbers and sides he fronted with Kool & the Gang. So, while this technically isn't a retrospective of his solo career, this is what people looking for the best of Taylor should turn to, since it has his best performances, whether he's singing "Too Hot" and "Joanna" with Kool & the Gang, "All I Want Is Forever" with Regina Belle, or "Long Hot Summer Night," "Feel the Need," or "Baby I'm Back" by himself. Again, this shouldn't be seen as a retrospective of his solo recordings, but anybody wanting Taylor at his best should probably go here.

Customer Reviews

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change your name

Yes. Some of his best.

One of the best voices in the business. He was just never promoted by the record companies. His solo work is just as good as anything he did with KATG.

Yes

Don't change your name. There seems to be some confusion here. J.T. Talor, added the "J.T." to his name so there would be no confusion between him and the other James Taylor. They are both gifted artists, and there is room in the music industry for both.

Biography

Born: August 16, 1953 in Morristown, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

The lead singer for Kool & the Gang from 1979 to 1988, James "J.T." Taylor presided over the group's commercial — if not artistic — peak of the early to mid-'80s, later moving on to a solo career. Born August 16, 1953, Taylor joined Kool & the Gang at a point when the pioneering funk band was beginning to lose steam amidst the rise of disco. Five years after their last hit, the group enlisted both producer Eumir Deodato and Taylor and re-entered the Top Ten in 1979 with the decidedly...
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