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Unsung 2022 🎵 Johnnie Taylor ~ Last Two Dollars 🎵 Unsung Episodes 2022

Unsung 2022 🎵 Johnnie Taylor ~ Last Two Dollars 🎵 Unsung Episodes 2022
johnny

taylor

was one of the greatest soul singers that ever picked up a mic and graced the stage when you heard a johnny tale song you didn't have to say who's that johnny

taylor

could do it all a singer who ranged from gospel to soul to disco in a career that spanned five decades and spawned 15 top 10 hits when he walked out on the stage it was like he just lit the place up he could deliver a lyric in a way that made it relatable for the common man taylor did it all off the stage as well he was an ordained minister who loved the highlight and whose songs reflected those experiences from the sacred to the profane he was a pimp at one time and uh he was a con artist at one time and it became a pop singer he gave a lot of advice in his songs he warned guys of what they should and should not be doing with their women and did the same thing with women too if he felt that he'd say it and if he said it he'd do it but in the end johnny taylor's vow to set his own rules for success became his downfall undermining his career his relationships and ultimately his life he was torn between knowing what's right then knowing what's wrong and and doing the latter he has spent over 300 thousand

dollars

in three months on drugs a lot of bad habits will cause you to leave this earth faster than you should leave it he could have been bigger he had the talent kind of stopped himself that's all johnny taylor grew up in arkansas farm country the youngest of three children his parents separated early but his grandmother was devoted to the church where johnny began singing at the age of six he would sing in the field and my aunt them would wonder why didn't he have to pick the cotton it was because he was swinging he just said this is going to get me out of having to pick cotton when he figured out that he had a voice that people responded to that was sort of his ticket to a better life by age 10 johnny had moved with his grandmother to kansas city as a teenager he performed with the gospel group called the melody kings sometimes opening for the soul stirrers led by sam cook it led to him growing up faster than i think than he obviously would have because he was around adults a lot more and was on the road i think that affects the rest your life in a myriad of ways by 1953 taylor had moved on to chicago where he made his first recordings with the doo-wop group called the five echoes then joined a gospel group called the highway qcs and when sam cook left the soul stirs in 1957 taylor was hired to take his place to try to replace somebody who is really the biggest artist in the genre at the time was a huge task but he was able to pull it off and really be able to make an identity for himself even within gospel but in 1960 taylor's life took a dark turn when he fatally injured a small child who ran in front of the group's car while he was driving though it was ruled an accident taylor admitted to the soul stirs that he was stoned at the time soon after he and the group parted ways johnny was fired from the soul stories because he hit a girl and they got him out of that but the soldier said you know this is just too much that kind of haunted him for a long time and that was kind of the seed of his uh addiction when he left the soldiers johnny went into the ministry he was ordained minister and he uh drifted around from church to church preaching by the early 60s taylor had drifted to l.a while still struggling to make it as a preacher re-enter sam cook now a full-fledged pop star he said you know this preaching just not making the money and sam said use your voice use your voice don't go back the gospel come over to the pop field and make more money it was a money thing he admired sam sam with his idol so you go so taylor began releasing singles for cook's sar label in 1962 including a country 10 song called rome wasn't built in a day first time i heard it i said wow this johnny taylor is awesome he's saying it in such a manner but not in a manner that knocked you out but just penetrated gently right into your being but i fled in a little seat in your heart and it just needs time to go now don't you hear me rome wasn't built in the day was a perfect example of the sam cook influenced sounding johnny taylor you can even hear johnny taylor doing the same type of runs that sam cook was known for in his song it was the true essence of a young johnny taylor it illustrated his overall ability to really deliver a song baby don't you leave me by myself nobody else it just pretended and jenna would always say that was one of his favorite songs johnny taylor had finally gotten his break and was ready to make the most of it we never had a release on johnny taylor that was not a hit record all of these by the early 60s johnny taylor had found a foothold in the music industry and though none of his songs had yet made the charts he carried himself like a star johnny taylor even in high school was an immaculate dresser that tradition just continued throughout his career own off sideways every how you want to put it johnny would be so sharp sometimes we just go out to maybe one of our friend's birthday party something you think he's getting ready to perform johnny taylor always was fine he always dressed the lady styles of the biggest cars the limos you know he had it all and if his record sales were modest johnny found other ways to sustain that lifestyle you know there was a side of johnny that uh had nothing to do with the recording business but he was making money if you can read between the lines it was from the ladies side too he was a pimp and they were the ladies of the evening that went out with him to the nightclubs while he was performing they would go around the club earning extra income i found out how he made that extra money i had met him maybe march of 64. my brother otis was working kansas city and that was this car creeping down the street and there was a lady driving it i laid on the passenger side a lady in the rear on the left a lady indeed on the right and jonathan in the back in the middle but in december of 64 taylor's mentor sam cook was shot dead in a los angeles hotel room rocking johnny's world we always took it real bad you know imagine this our idol and all our hopes and all our dreams that was a huge blow for him personally and business-wise because he sort of didn't know where to go next after that sam was sort of everything he really said he thought about just going back into the ministry because it hurt him so bad taylor still had no signature songs to call his own so he began to perform a number one hit called part-time love that was recorded by another singer named little johnny taylor as if he was the singer who'd had the hit johnny knew he had to survive one way or the other so he started building himself his little johnny taylor and at that time the guys were not on tv a lot so nobody knew their faces and he got really popular with with that guy's song and he went all over the country on different tours and all singing that song but originally it was not his song but the strategy worked landing taylor a record deal in 1966 with stacks whose roster included singer otis redding he wanted to be the number one artist on stacks after odin says for sure and i i think he had accepted the fact that otis was going to be number one one of those who was alive there you know but in december of 67 otis redding died in a plane crash and his stax record soldiered on without their fallen star they turned to johnny taylor to fill the void they needed someone to step in and be that main male artist there and they looked at johnny they said you know this guy's got the right charisma he's got the right look definitely got a style let's concentrate on building his career up for that stacks turn to producer and songwriter don davis a veteran of the motown hit making studio machine in detroit al bell he wanted to create sort of a combination of the memphis sound and the detroit sound by bringing don davis into the picture he was able to create a whole new sound for stacks that johnny taylor was able to take advantage of when he started to produce johnny it just i mean it was like magic the two of them together it was like magic the result was a groundbreaking song and subject called who's making love when i first heard who's making love it was like is this song not supposed to be played on the air while the woman there is something you've never even thought like every gluten freaking love to your old lady but then once you listen to it it's life it's everyday life i like writing songs that people relate to and actually um it wasn't like um a song about sex or anything it was about reaping what you saw who's making love to your old lady why you're not making love maybe you should be at home who's making love shot to number one on the r b charts and became a top 10 pop hit sometimes we hit it just right and who's making love was one of those just right songs and after that he just blew up like bubble gum by the late 60s the crossover success of who's making love had propelled johnny taylor to stardom and became the first of several hit songs to dispense music with a message that was kind of the beginning of him being the sole philosopher that could give people advice on how they should kind of go about their day-to-day lives and their relationships i always felt like all the songs were being written for me and johnny liked the idea because women then was even more in love with him and he loved being loved oh yeah taylor's career hit a speed bump in 1970 when he was arrested while vacationing in the bahamas for possession of marijuana along with a pair of brass knuckles and a revolver he spent three months in a nassau jail that didn't affect us it stacks that was johnny taylor that was one of us and whatever that was in the bahamas it didn't matter and it didn't stop taylor's parade of hits including another cautionary tale co-written by don davis titled jody's got your girl and gone tryna that's basically uh telling the fellas you better hurry up get on because somebody else is wearing your pajamas you know a lot of guys took off work and go home and check the house to make sure jody wasn't that when that record came out when you get home and when johnny would sing it the audience would all get excited didn't matter if jody was next door jody's got your girl and gone became johnny taylor's second number one r b hit the name jody kind of became sort of a mythical figure in the early 70s even other artists started to do songs where they talked about jody you know he probably meant to say johnny got you girl and gone uh but it probably wasn't best to use his own name in there so he he's kept the j in there for all his wild ways by the early seventies taylor had a more settled home life after fathering four children from previous relationships he married his long-time companion jerlene in 1970 and set to work raising their two children jonathan and latasha in the suburbs of dallas he was a homebody a lot of times especially in the early years you know he'd come home and he read a lot the first thing he would do he would come home and rest and then he would read for about three days he loved to clean the pool he loved it it was like a tranquil thing for him to clean the pool and we had a great backyard and had great birthday parties and great fourth of julys and when he was around he was on that barbecue hooking it up we'd take the winnebago out to the lake we could go fishing we would take family vacations we could be normal sort of uh ish people without uh and being so nuts all the time he loved his home loved his kids you know he had his thoughts but he had a good heart and in 1973 johnny poured out those tender feelings on a ballot called i believe in you about the people of the world today i see you with a good thing they want to take it away but i believe in you you believe the personal side of him and his personal relationship with his wife irregardless of what might have happened or occurred on the road he believed in her and she believed in him that was a pure love song and a beautiful melody people are talking trying to pull us apart anytime you go again that one um makes me cry and that's my to me that's my all-time favorite song of his i love it i believe in you became another number one hit that's one of his all-time classics and i think it goes across because any relationship can relate to it the writers that johnny had they pretty much tailored the material for him and they were surrounded around things that went on in his life and they would just make the song look and feel like he wrote the song a fella named matt rice who wrote mustang sally he said i've been watching john and listening to johnny i got a song johnny needs to record and sing so he wrote the song and of course when johnny heard it the rest is history when your little girl makes you mad and you get an attitude and pack your face five liters that you're leaving behind son you're gonna pay some alamo some time that fight is cheaper to keep up it's a true song for most men they know if they're married it's cheaper to keep her if you leave her you're gonna have to give up at least half you didn't pay for two

dollars

to pay that little girl home now you're about to pay 2 000 try to stay together if you can because brother you're getting ready to pay some child support and some money if i were you i try to work it out and keep here how many people have had to face that reality in life you know i'm on my third marriage so believe me i learned that it would have been cheap for the people in a lot of cases released in the fall of 73 cheaper the keeper shot to number two on the charts life lessons by johnny taylor keeper by the early 70s johnny taylor had become stax record's most dependable hit maker scoring 17 straight top 20 singles for the label and he demanded to be treated that way even refusing to perform at the historic watt stacks concert in los angeles after isaac hayes was billed as the headliner i guess he wanted to close the show and at the time isaac hayes closed the show so johnny taylor was not going on i remember him telling me once he said that your brother's gone the only two people i let close the show behind me is aretha franklin and bobby bland and when it came to leading his own group taylor ruled with an iron fist he demanded respect from his man and he didn't ask for it he demanded it he always wanted us to have shiny shoes you know pressed everything you know everything there everything had to go together there it was a package he'd fire a band in a minute and i used to keep a band on standby because i mean he'd pull over and put the guys out on the curb he wanted it to be where he wanted it he made sure that everybody did their part because he was going to do his taylor kept control of his business off stage as well booking and promoting his shows out of a production office in dallas called tag enterprises that stood for taylor and god i think he gave him sanctuary it gave him a place to do his business i think it was a home away from home for him i mean you know he had managers off and on and things like that but he was running his own show johnny just knew how to handle his benny he's a good businessman because you know they take advantage of you when you don't know the business like that my dad would you know go to the office and leave with his briefcase like you're a singer what do you do what's in that briefcase i think that was a heavy weight to carry but i guess you're skipping all the people who could potentially be you know setting you back because of their shadiness by doing it yourself taylor's vow to do things his way came in handy when stack's records abruptly folded in the mid-1970s not missing a beat he signed with colombia and set to work on a song co-written by harvey scales albert vance and don davis that was inspired by the rise of disco when i first wrote the song it was called shake it up shake it down with johnny eric he said it's all right but i don't know about that shake it up shake it down stuff man give me something to say the result was a single that married a silky melody to a funk groove titled disco lady even though it's called disco lady it's not a disco song the lyrics of disco is really closer to funk than it is disco disco lady was that catchy song where you could really dance and let's suppose let your hair down have fun for a guy like johnny to do a disco lady at that particular time with the groove and stuff man that's why i was a hit it fit him perfect this gold lady became a number one pop and r b hit sold two million copies and was the first single in music history to be officially certified platinum during the disco era records were selling so much and so fast that they had to come up with a whole new program which was called platinum and we got the first platinum in history johnny taylor was king of the world or so it seemed when you bring in a monstrous hit like that the record company gets where they expect you to do it again and again and again disco lady was kind of the high point and the beginning of the end for johnny taylor with the sensational success of disco lady in 1976 johnny taylor became that rare singer who bridged the divide between 60 soul and 70s dance fever he was blessed because most studies sold singers most of them just faded away you know after the disco came in that kept him working for a lot of other other artists couldn't work so he became part of the discotheque movement i think that was one of johnny's best song but you know what he didn't like the song he didn't like the song period like it or not taylor followed up disco lady with three more top 20 hits including a sensual groove called your love is rated x i love based on physical things grows weak at the seas and falls apart your lovers rated x was one that did nailed the johnny taylor that we loved that was johnny's style i don't think dad ever wanted to get too explicit but your love is rated you know x that means you're extra special girl so we give you the double entendre where's you know we're telling you but we're not telling you that's kind of the edge that he had that was kind of cool he sort of pushed that envelope and said we're gonna talk about this and we're gonna talk about it in a really funky fun upbeat jamming song rated x peaked at number 17 on the charts a respectable showing but far from the heights of disco lady your love is rated x it started to kind of bring about the downward spiral because the late 70s it was about selling albums in particular he wasn't really able to do that with those songs so columbia started to lose interest because he was not reaching the pop audience those guys that have that instant success hit monster's record koreas are really in trouble because the people in colombia probably began to expect the same thing happening again and again and again it just wasn't in the cards you know and as taylor's record sales began um horizontal um fall off in the late 70s his intake of other substances began to rise johnny uh loved to smoke he loved to drink and uh he enjoyed a little snort here and there as well i said johnny you don't need all that to get a hat no coke none of that i said may i want to get you high enough oh well i like this and i like that he has spent over 300 000 in three months on drugs and that it was easy to hide things by doing drugs you know you stay hot all the time man you don't you ain't worried about nothing now he never did drugs around me i mean and i respected him for that but the drugs affected in 1979 taylor was arrested for cocaine possession and sentenced to five years probation a year later he was charged with drunk driving while possessing cocaine but beat the drug ramp when the court ruled that his car search was illegal well you know what johnny told me he said i'll see if you're getting published it's all right so that's the way danny felt about it was good or bad he was in the news he said my name out there so they know who i am in 1980 taylor made his final album for colombia which soon dropped him from the label perhaps not coincidentally he went to the hospital around the same time after suffering a heart attack i just told him you need to slow up you know you just can't do everything you can't try to party through your shows and think that nothing's gonna happen to you he had this famous saying well you got to die of something it just didn't matter to you by the early 80s after a spectacular run that included 15 top 10 singles johnny taylor's reign as an r b hit maker was over but taylor didn't go away signing with a small indie label malaco in 1984 he simply reinvented himself once more this time as a blues singer malaco was really kind of the premier down home southern label at that time in the 80s for artists who were not necessarily considered mainstream anymore so johnny taylor was able to go to malaco and create some songs that got him back on track first of all i'd like to say good evening ladies and gentlemen soul sisters and soul brothers taylor would release 10 albums from malaco over the next two decades while keeping his show on the road where johnny was always in his comfort zone when he walked out on the stage it was like he just lit the place up it was the way that his stage presence just kind of pulled you in and he was amazing he was truly amazing wow it was just like nothing else mattered he was that entertainer you paid for a show he was gonna give you a show
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