Help me identify a Johnnie Taylor song
I hope a knowledgeable member can help me identify a Johnnie Taylor track. I was given a CD with no track notes, and one of them is a great JT ballad, which sounds like it is a 70s album track.
It starts with some ad lib talking, then proceeds thus:
'I did you wrong, broke your heart and made you cry again,
and ever since that day you said goodbye, you made me realise,
darling I love you'
Thank you in advance
Darlin' I Love You
I hope that helps
Hey T L, how good is that, an answer in under an hour . Thanks very much.
Keith, Super Taylor and Taylored In Silk, from around the same time, are both superb albums, with Don Davis at the helm.
Ooooo, I LOVE Johnnie Taylor..
Also excellent is his all but forgotten '77 RCA LP 'REFLECTIONS'. Another Don Davis treat recorded at United Sound, Detroit and Muscle Shoals, Ala. JT also ad-lib raps on the soulful "Stop Half Lovin These Women", several other sweet ballads here. I slept on this one until I came upon a pristine copy a couple years ago at Amoeba SF for $1.99!!
I love JT. I saw him around 89 when he came to London as part of a Malaco tour with Bobby Bland and Denise Lasalle. Little Milton was also supposed to be on the tour but pulled out due to a medical problem. I still think 'Testify' is one of the great soul tracks, and love just about everything he has done. I recently discovered his previously unreleased version of Homer Banks' 'Sixty minutes of your time', and to me it surpasses the original.
I am so glad to see that people know him for his southern soul hits more so than for Disco Lady! He was truly the philosopher of soul and lived up to that name. I like Cheaper to Keep Her and I Believe in You.
But, that 1976 "Disco Lady" album on Columbia is no slouch! It may be a bit more dance oriented, but still has Johnnie's classic message lyrics. There some great songs on it, including the title track/hit single. The best one is "Running Out Of Lies".
Originally Posted by stephanie
I would also recommend a couple of outstanding tracks from his Beverley Glen album from the early 80s. 'What about my love' and 'Just ain't good enough' are superb tracks.
Stephanie...please I've been trying to forget "Disco Lady" & was almost there...oh well back to rehab. lol
Johnnie T. certainly was the business "Just One Moment" is playing...ah bliss.
I LIKE Disco Lady Mr Soul! It's got a cool groove and doesn't at all sound like the title suggests it might.
Hi Soulwally...if you think "Disco Lady" is one of Johnnie's more significant sides that's fine by me...however don't just like it 'cause it's not as bad as the title suggests.
Mr Soul, I dont think it's one of his most significant sides. I quoted higher up two of his albums I love. And I love his Motown-sounding Hold On This Time. I have the Disco Lady LP, bit haven't played it in Years. I'll have to give it a spin...
"Disco Lady" was a funk song with disco elements thrown in. Whatever, it shot to #1 in the spring of 1976. It proudly stands among his many other hits.
Hi Soulwally...the song is from the album "Eargasm" and is by far the worst song lyrically on the album, furthermore it has not improved with the passing of time, I guess nostalgia not what it used to be. lol
Soulster it's funny how often, an artist's best work is almost always totally ignored by the general public, but they pick up on a substandard piece of music & make it a number. I hope it made Johnnie a lot of money at the time & gained him new fans who checked out his earlier work. I don't rate music on hit status never have never will.
Originally Posted by mr soul
Well, mr soul, it looks like it's all a matter of opinion.
Well .. I like "Disco Lady" too.
Originally Posted by soulster
Presumably soulster is in the U.S.A. where the song got to #1, as has already been mentioned in the thread. In Britain it only reached #25 on the national charts so maybe it isn't "overplayed" here?
Back to Mr Taylor ..
Here are two of my favourites ..
"I'm So Proud" .. from his Beverley Glen period ..
"I Believe in You" .. from his later period at Stax ..
Probably already covered on the forum before, but this hit "Lola's Theme" by The Shapeshifters samples JT's marvellous "What About My Love". Just proves how great JT's production was!
for those of you that like Disco Lady.
for me it still sucks.
What is it exactly about the song you don't like? I mean, the groove is in the pocket, the guitars are funky, and Mr. Taylor was allowed to not sing about relationships once in a while.
Originally Posted by mr soul
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
When it comes to talking about Mr. Johnnie Harrison Taylor from Dallas, TX by way of Crawfordsville, AK and Kansas City, MO I can say many things, list his many accomplishments, and continue my campaign to get J.T. inducted into the R&R HOF, but I believe Rufus Thomas said it best when speaking about Johnnie. Rufus said "There are some as good, but none better." I find myself standing in agreement with him.
Hey TL, I go along with that! So what are your fave JT tracks?
Oh wow....That's a good question:
Well let me start off by saying every song on the following albums:
Taylored In Silk (1973)
Super Taylor (1974)
Wall To Wall (1986)
Now, if I can go from there I would say:
If I Had To Do It All Over Again
Running Outta Lies
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day
Last Two Dollars
I Found All These Things
Stop Giving People Hard Luck Stories
Lady My Whole World Is You
Nothing Like A Lady
The list can go on and on.....and I didn't even mention the Gospel
I Dreamed That Heaven Was Like This
Out On A Hill
When The Gates Swing Open
The Love Of God
God Is Standing By......
This could go on and on for days....J.T. was a true classic
But, I will say that he was a much better singer when he sang in a lower register.
A few more amazing JT ballads....
We're Getting Careless With Our Love
And I Panicked