Even in his hometown of Dallas, the news of Johnnie Taylor's death of a heart attack on May 31 at age 62 was hardly news. In a way, it's fitting the city that never knew what it had in Taylor when he was alive and recording didn't know what it had in Taylor when he died either. Only the standard, insignificant obits, with a list of his accomplishments, including 1976's "Disco Lady," the first single ever to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). But that doesn't tell you what Taylor's sweet voice sounded like, how when he hit a note just right it was like... More >>>
Johnnie Taylor was the best damned singer this side of his old pal Bobby Patterson.