Johnnie Taylor's greatest hits include "Who's Making Love," "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)," "Steal Away" and "Disco Lady." Additional top songs are "I Don't Wanna Lose You," "Standing in for Jody," "Doing My Own Thing," "We're Getting Careless With Our Love" and "Cheaper to Keep Her."Continue Reading
Johnnie Taylor was born in 1934 in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. His vocal style ranged from blues, soul and gospel to pop and disco.
"Who's Making Love" reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the R&B chart in 1968. This single sold over a million copies and received a gold disc award. "I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)" also sold more than a million copies and achieved gold disc status in 1973.
Stax Records folded in 1975 and Taylor moved to Columbia Records where he recorded "Disco Lady" in 1976. This song achieved four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list and six weeks at the top of the R&B Chart. It was the very first platinum single certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Johnnie Taylor was a rhythm and blues singer with a deep soul style. He also sang pop, disco, gospel and doo-wop. He produced albums with Stax, Columbia and Malaco Records. His albums include "Wanted: One Soul Singer," "Who's Making Love," "Rare Stamps" and "Taylored in Silk." Johnnie received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1999.
Johnnie Taylor died of a heart attack at the age of 66. He was buried at Forrest Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.Learn more about Art & Literature