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Album Review

Johnnie Taylor's biggest hit album also proved his undoing. Stax had collapsed, and he ended up on Columbia's roster. The disco boom was beginning, and Taylor had the perfect single. "Disco Lady" was vocally quite similar to his earlier material, but its lyrics embraced the hedonism and dance-your-troubles-away ethic of the era. It was not only a number one hit, but the song of the year for 1976, and Taylor was shoved into territory he wasn't comfortable in. The rest of the album was standard soul, but this was overlooked in the rush. Taylor eventually left the label after subsequent attempts to pigeonhole him as a dance singer bombed.

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Disco, Please Make A Come Back

Disco need to make a come back, but not the kind of disco white peorple danced. The kind that black people danced to like "Disco Lady", by Johnnie Taylor, " or "One Nation Under A Groove" by Funkadelic. Somebody please bring it back.

Sing On JT

Johnnie Taylor the Blues -Soul- singer.He made lyrics come alive ,I can see the people he is singing about."The funnky place on the Soul side of town". The lady who needed $2.00. Ole Jody and the others.


Watching my Mother and Her friends dance to this song is a priceless memory. It was songs like this and parties like the ones in my living room that made me want to become a Dj in the firt place.


Born: May 5, 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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