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Album Review

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."

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Soul Master

If you love Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett, you probably already know that JT is on the short list of the greatest soul singers of all time. This CD traces his evolution from Sam Cooke's successor in the Highway QC's (and the Soul Stirrers) through to the superb "Disco Lady." Like Otis, he began under the long shadow of Sam Cooke -- but, like Otis, he went on to become an essential artist with his own voice. Singers like Johnnie, bred in the gospel tradition, know how to "work" a song until the entire audience is on its feet, transfigured. Check him out; and weep that nobody working today can touch him.


Johnnie taylor was a stax records superstar, I listened to his music on every jukebox in the newyork area from the late 60s&70s all down to this day many of his music lives on in many samples on breakbeats and hiphop music,As a DJ I own 300 45s of stax record and many of them are from johnnie taylor

R.I.P Uncle Johnnie

I am proud to see this release on iTunes. Off course he is one of the best soul singers of the 20th Century. I am biased, being a direct member of Johnnie's lineage. Mr. Taylor and my grandfather are first cousins. Their mothers are sisters. I aspire to tap into the history of my family and once again make my family proud. Meanwhile, I hope that you all recognize this man of great talents even if it is long after his passing. - Q LeNear R.I.P Johnnie


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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