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JT began his singing career with Highway QC's (recorded on Vee Jay), and joined the Soul Stirrers after Sam Cooke went secular (as recorded on Specialty), sharing lead vocals with Paul Foster.
What follows is as complete a list as I managed to compile for JT's prolific R&B career that started in 1961 and is still going strong today.
Or at least that's what I wrote when I first put up this page in 1998. Johnnie was still steadily releasing albums on Malaco, and was indeed one of the last strongholds of real soul music. On May 31, 2000, came the sad news that Johnnie had passed away as a result of a sudden heart attack, in his home in Dallas. The Soul of the Net mourns the death of one of Soul's greatest singers. Thank you, Johnnie, for so many moments of spine shivering soulfulness.
A Whole Lotta Woman / Why Why Why - Sar 114 * 1961
Rome / Never Never - Sar 131 * 1962
Oh How I Love You / Run But You Can't Hide - Sar 156 * 1963
Dance What You Wanna / Shine Shine Shine - Derby 1001 * 1963
Baby We've Got Love / (I'll Always Be) In Love With You - Derby 1006 * 1963
I Need Lots Of Love / Getting Married Soon - Derby 1010 * 1964
I Had A Dream / Changes - Stax 186 * 1965
I Got To Love Somebody's Baby / Just The One I've Been Looking For Stax 193 * 1966
Little Bluebird / Toe Hold - Stax 202 * 1966
Ain't that Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) / Outside Love - Stax 209 * 1966
You Can't Get Away From It / If I Had It To Do All Over - Stax 226 * 1967
Somebody's Sleeping In My Bed / Strange Things - Stax 235 * 1967
Next Time / Hello Sundown - Stax 247 * 1967
I Ain't Particular / Where There's Smoke There's Fire - Stax 253 * 1968
Who's Making Love / I'm Trying - Stax 0009 * 1968
Take Care Of Your Homework / Hold On This Time - Stax 0023 * 1968
Testify / I Had A Fight With Love - Stax 0033 * 1968
Soul-A-lujah Pt. I / Pt. II (with 6 other Stax artists) - Stax 0040 * 1969
Never Let You Go / Ain't That Good (with Mavis Staples) - Stax 0041 * 1969
Just Keep On Loving Me / My Life (With Carla Thomas) - Stax 0042 * 1969
I Could Never Be President / It's Amazing - Stax 0046 * 1969
Love Bones / Mr Nobody Is Somebody - Stax 0055 * 1969
Steal Away / Friday Night - Stax 0068 * 1969
I Am Somebody Pt. I / Pt. II - Stax 0078 * 1970
Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone / A Fool Like Me - Stax 0085 * 1970
I Don't Wanna Lose You / Party life - Stax 0089 * 1971
Hijackin' Love / Love in the streets (ain't good as the love at home) - Stax 0096 * 1971
Standing In For Jody / Shakin' Up - Stax 0114 * 1971
Doin' My Own Thing Pt. I / Pt. II - Stax 0122 * 1972 Stop Doggin' Me / Stop Teasin' Me - Stax 0142 * 1972
Don't you Fool With My Soul Pt. I / Pt. II - Stax 0155 * 1972
I Believe In You / Love Depression - Stax 0161 * 1972
Cheaper To Keep Her / I Can Read Between The Lines - Stax 0176 * 1973
We're Getting Careless With Our Love / Poor Make Believer - Stax 0193 * 1973
I've Been Born Again / At Night Time - Stax 0208 * 1973
It's September / Just One Moment - Stax 0226 * 1974
Try Me Tonight / Free - Stax 0241
I'm So Glad I Met You / I'm So Grateful - Stax 0251
Just Keep On Loving Me / It Don't Pay To Get Up In The Morning - Stax 0253
The post Stax years...
Disco lady / You're the best in the world - Columbia 10281 * 1976
Somebody's gettin it / Please don't stop - Columbia 10334 * 1976
Love is better in the A.M. (part 1) / Love is better in the A.M. (part 1) - Columbia 10478 * 1977
Your love is rated X / Here I go - Columbia 10541 * 1977
Disco 9000 / Right now - Columbia 10610 * 1977
Heaven bless this home / I want you back again - RCA 11137 * 1977
Keep on dancing / I love to make love when it's raining - Columbia 10709 * 1978
Ever ready / Give me my baby - Columbia 10776 * 1978
(Ooh wee) She's killing me / Play something pretty - Columbia 11084 * 1979
I got this thing for your love / Signing off with love - Columbia 11315 * 1980
I wanna get into you / Baby don't hesitate - Columbia 11373 * 1980
What about love / Reagonomics - Beverly Glen 2002 * 1982
I'm so proud / I need a freak - Beverly Glen 2004 * 1983
Just ain't good enough / Don't wait - Beverly Glen 2007 * 1983
Seconds of your love / Shoot for the stars - Beverly Glen 2008 * 1984
Lady my whole world is you / L-o-v-e - Malaco 2107 * 1984
Good with my hips / This is your night - Malaco 2111 * 1985
Still called the blues / She's cheating on me - Malaco 2118 * 1985
Wall to wall / ? - Malaco 2125 * 1986
Can I love you / There's nothing I wouldn't do - Malaco 2128 * 1986
Just because / When she stops asking - Malaco 2132 * 1987
Don't make me late / Happy time - Malaco 2135 * 1987
If I lose your love / Something is going wrong - Malaco 2140
Wanted One Soul Singer - Stax 715 * 1967
I Got To Love Somebody's Baby / Just The One I've Been Looking For / Watermelon Man / Where Can A Man Go From Here / Toe-Hold / Outside Love / Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) ;/Blues In The Night / I Had A Dream / Sixteen Tons / Little Bluebird.
Who's Making Love - Stax 2005 * 1968
Who's making love / I'm not the same person / Hold on this time / Woman across the river / Can't trust your neighor / Take care of your homework / I'm trying / Poor make believer / Payback hurts / Mr. Nobody is somebody now / I'd rather drink muddy water
Raw Blues - Stax 2008 * 1968
Where there's smoke there's fire / Hello sundown / Pardon me lady / Where can a man go from here / That bone / That's where it's at / Part time love / If I had to do it all over again / You're good for me / You can't keep a good man down / You can't win with a losing hand
Released in 1968, this LP contains earlier recordings from the "blue" Stax period.
Rare Stamps - Stax 2012 * 1968
Who's making love / You can't get away from it / Toe hold / Just the one (I've been looking for) / I ain't particular / Take care of your homework / I've got to love somebody's baby / Little blue bird / I had a dream / Outside love / Somebody's sleeping in my bed / If I had to it all over
The Johnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues - Stax 2023 * 1969
Testify (I wonna) / Separation line / Love bones / Love is a hurting thing / I had a fight with love / I could never be president / It's amazing / Who can I turn to / Games people play / It's your thing
One Step Beyond - Stax 2030 * 1971
Time after time / Party life / Will you love me forever / I am somebody (pts. 1 & 2) / I don't wanna lose you (pts. 1 & 2) / Don't take my sunshine / Jody's got your girl and gone / A fool like me
Taylored in Silk - Stax 3014 * 1973
We're getting careless with our love / Starting all over again / Cheaper to keep her / Talk to me / I believe in you (you believe in me) / One thing wrong with my baby / I can read between the lines / This bitter earth
Super Taylor - Stax 5509 * 1974
It's September / Darling I love you / Try me tonight / Free / I've been born again / At night time (my pillow tells a tale on me) / I don't pay to get up in the morning / Just one moment
Original tracks on compilation LP's:
Soul Explosion - Stax 2-2007: Save your love for me / Twenty years from today Boy Meets Girl - Stax 2 2024
Boy Meets Girl - Stax 2-2024 (to be listed)
Original Stax compilation:
Johnnie Taylor's Greatest Hits - Stax 2032 (1971)
Post - Stax LP's (track listings to be added - eventually...)
Eargasm - CBS 81201 * 1976
Rated Extraordinaire - CBS 81757 * 1977
Disco 9000 - CBS 82367 * 1977
Reflections - RCA APL 1-2527 * 1977
Ever Ready - CBS 35340 * 1978
She's Killing me - Columbia 36061 * 1979
A new day - Columbia 36548 * 1980
What About My Love - Beverly Glen ?
Best of the Old and the New - Beverly Glen 10004 * 1983
This Is Your Night - Malaco 7421 * 1985
Wall to Wall - Malaco 7431 * 1986
Lover Boy - Malaco 7440 * 1987
In Control - Malaco 7446 * 1988
Crazy 'Bout You - Malaco 7452
Just Can't Do Right - Malaco 7460
Good Love - Malaco * 1996
Taylored to Please - Malaco * 1998
The Roots of Johnnie Taylor on Soul City SCB 2 was released in the UK in 1970.
(I'll always be) In love with you / Rome / Never Never / Run but you can't hide / A whole lotta woman / Dance what you wanna / Oh how I love you / Baby we've got love / I need lot's of love / Shine shine shine / Why why why
The only track from that period missing on the LP is "Getting married soon' on DERBY 1010.
Info about this LP supplied by Mike Gray of Melbourne, Australia.
Johnnie Taylor of course continues to record excellent soul albums to this day. His former album "Good Love" on Malaco is reviewed on the CD reviews section, and not less than three tracks off it are featured on The Soul of the Net radio show #4 - the 90's special. Followed by "Taylored to Please" and "Gotta Get the Groove Back" - all excellent Malaco albums.
Mamy thanks to Patrick Montier, Mike Gray, and especially to Jyrki T. Ilva who has sent me the excellent discography by Pekka Talvenmaki - although I can hardly understand Finnish, I guess the language of discgographies is international...
A couple of tracks from the Gospel days with the Soul Stirrers to begin with...
The love of God stream it or download it
There's not a friend like Jesus stream it or download it
Changes stream it or download it
Sixteen tons stream it or download it
Hold on this time stream it or download it
The delicately soulful flip to the successful follow up to Who's making love, Take care of your homework.
Separation line stream it or download it
Off "The JT Philosopphy continues", this album track is THE definitve version of this deep classic.
Jody's got your girl and gone stream it or download it
A fool like me stream it or download it
Love in the streets stream it or download it
Later covered by Z Z Hill, this, yet another B side is my favourite version of this anti-cheating song.
Heaven bless this home stream it or download it
From the 1977's brief stint with RCA
Never Never apppears on the Soul of the Net's radio program # 1. Friday Night appears on the Soul of the Net's radio program #3. Good love and two more tracks off this Malaco album are featured on the Soul of the Net's 90's special (program #4).