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Sunday, 20 October 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " JOHNNIE TAYLOR " NICKED NAMED THE " PHILOSOPHER OF SOUL " DURING THE STAX DAYS AND HIS BEST REMEMBERED FOR HIS 1968 R&B CHART TOPPING SMASH HIT " WHO'S MAKING LOVE " AND HIS 1876 MEGA HIT " DISCO LADY " : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Young gospel phenom,
Johnnie Harrison Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, AR, on May 5, 1934 (though he usually gave his birth year as 1938); he grew up mostly in nearby West Memphis. He began singing in church as a young child and later moved to Kansas City, where he performed with a gospel group called the Melody Kings; it was through this outfit that he initially met and befriended Soul Stirrers frontman Sam Cooke. In 1953, Taylor left home and moved to Chicago, where he joined the doo wop group the Five Echoes; shortly thereafter, he began performing concurrently with the gospel group the Highway Q.C.'s, which had once been home to Sam Cooke. In 1957, Taylor would replace Cooke in the hugely influential Soul Stirrers, after Cooke departed for a career in secular music.