Some songs by American vocalist Johnnie Taylor are "Take Care of Your Homework," "We're Getting Careless With Our Love," "Testify (I Wonna)" and "Disco Lady." Taylor recorded on six separate labels during his career and his musical output spanned an array of genres, including rhythm and blues, doo-wop, soul, gospel, disco and pop.Continue Reading
Taylor was born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, in 1934. Following a childhood performing in gospel groups, he recorded his first song, "Somewhere to Lay My Head," on Chance Records in the 1950s as a member of the Highway QCs, a gospel group created by Sam Cooke.
In the '60s, he signed with Memphis label Stax Records and soon earned the nickname "The Philosopher of Soul" for hits such as "I Had a Dream," "I've Got to Love Somebody's Baby" and, most famously, "Who's Making Love," which in 1968 rose to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached the number one spot on the R&B chart. Other hits recorded at Stax include "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone," "Cheaper to Keep Her" and "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)."
In 1975, having signed with Columbia Records, Taylor recorded his most successful song, "Disco Lady," a number one hit on both the Billboard and R&B charts for four and six weeks respectively. "Disco Lady" was also the first-ever RIAA-certified platinum single, with sales exceeding two million copies.Learn more about Art & Literature