Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Mon, 11 Dec 2023 07:13:34 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Eddie Taylor - My Heart Is Bleeding (1980) Eddie Taylor - My Heart Is Bleeding (1980)

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A1 	My Heart Is Bleeding 	6:00
A2 	Going To Virginia 	3:32
A3 	So Bad 	5:24
A4 	Lexington Breakdown 	3:53
A5 	Blow Wind Blow 	3:52
B1 	Wreck On 83 Highway 	5:36
B2 	Soul Brother 	4:44
B3 	There`ll Be A Day 	5:12
B4 	Lawndale Blues 	5:08

Bass – George Kitta
Blues Harp – Carey Bell
Drums – Odie Payne
Guitar – Steve Beal
Guitar, Vocals – Eddie Taylor
Piano – Sunnyland Slim 


Credible set from 1980 mostly cut in Chicago but first out on the German L+R logo. Taylor's in typically solid form, and his tough backing includes the marvelous Sunnyland Slim on piano and harpist Carey Bell. Taylor pays homage to his pal Jimmy Reed with a loping "Going to Virginia" and Muddy Waters on "Blow Wind Blow," but "Soul Brother" rides a chunky R&B groove that's a long way from Reed's rudimentary rhythms. The last five sides stem from a 1980 European tour (with Hubert Sumlin and Bell handling some of the vocals) and don't add much to the package. ---Bill Dahl, AllMusic Review

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Eddie Taylor - Bad Boy (Charly Blues Masterworks Vol.35) [1993] Eddie Taylor - Bad Boy (Charly Blues Masterworks Vol.35) [1993]

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1. Bad Boy
2. ET Blues
3. Ride 'em On Down
4. Big Town Playboy
5. You'll Always Have A Home
6. Don't Knock At My Door
7. I'm Gonna Love You
8. Looking For Trouble
9. Find My Baby
10. Stroll Out West
11. I'm Sitting Here
12. Do You Want Me To Cry
13. Train Fare
14. Leave This Neighbourhood
15. Somethin' For Nothin'


Mississippi is known for its many blues musicians, and Eddie Taylor is one of these artists. Although he often found himself in Jimmy Reed’s shadow, he was a great guitar player. Eddie Taylor was born to Joseph Taylor and Mamie Gaston iJanuary 29, 1923. His mother and father separated when he was young, and Taylor had to stay home from school and work on his mother’s farm in Benoit, Mississippi. In 1936 he got his first guitar and taught himself how to play it. His son, Eddie Taylor, Jr, said in a recent interview that his father was a natural guitar player.

Taylor’s playing style became that of the delta tradition (All Music Guides). Listening to the music of his favorite musicians, Charley Palton and Robert Pelway, pushed Taylor to try harder. Little did Eddie Taylor known that he would eventually grow into a great blues guitarist. In 1949, Eddie Taylor moved to Chicago where he began working with Jimmy Lee Robinson in Jake’s Tavern. Club Jumboree was another club Taylor played. According to one source, a blues man named Freddie King moved north to Chicago in his mid-teens., and in 1950 became influenced by local blues guitarists Eddie ‘Playboy’ Taylor and Robert Lockwood. King absorbed elements from both of these blues men’s styles before he added elements of Magic Sam and Otis Rush. Taylor himself began playing behind Jimmy Reed in 1953. This fact is interesting because Eddie Taylor taught Jimmy Reed to play guitar back in Leland, Mississippi. Eddie Taylor primarily became known for playing with Jimmy Reed.

During the 1970s Big Bear Records steadily built a worldwide reputation with its now-legendary recordings of important American blues men like Doctor Ross, Homesick James, Lightnin’ Slim, Big John Wrencher, Snooky Prior, Tommy Tucker, Eddie Playboy Taylor, Eddie Guitar Burns and others. Even though Eddie Taylor is known for playing with Jimmy Reed, he did make solo albums.He got a chance to show his vocal skills through songs like “Ready for Eddie,” “I Feel So Bad,” and “Big Town Play Boy” (All Music Guides).His best-known solo album is I Feel So Bad. Eddie Taylor was underrated while he was alive, and Chaos Music states, “Eddie Taylor was never a self-promoter, and he has probably sold more records since his death in 1985 than while he was alive. His son Edward released a tribute album in 1998.

Eddie Taylor had eight children. His first child, Brenda Taylor, was born in 1963. In the interview Eddie Taylor Jr. said about his sister, “She likes to joke around.” Vera’s first son, Larry Taylor, was born in 1955 and was taught to play drums by Howlin’ Wolf’s drummer Cassell Burrows. Eddie Taylor’s first son, Timothy Taylor, was born in 1965, and he also plays drums. Edna Taylor, who was born in 1967, likes to sing. Valicia Taylor was born in 1969. Edward Taylor, Jr., a guitarist like his father, was born in 1972. Born in 1975 was Demetria Taylor, who enjoys playing the drums. Milton Taylor was the last born in 1975. He plays the drums also.

In conclusion, Eddie Taylor was a great guitarist and father. Eddie Taylor died on Christmas day, December 25, 1985, in Chicago. ---Christopher Miles,

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Eddie Taylor - I Feel So Bad (1972) Eddie Taylor - I Feel So Bad (1972)

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1	I Feel So Bad			
2	Jackson Town			
3	Stop Breaking Down			
4	13 Highway			
5	Stroll Out West			
6	Sittin' Here Thinkin' 
7	Going Upside Your Head			
8	Twelve Year Old Boy			
9	There'll Be A Day			
10	Bull Cow Blues			
11	Wreck on 83 Highway		
12	Blues in the Rain

Eddie Taylor (vocal, guitar); 
Philip Walker (guitar); 
George Smith (harmonica); 
David II (saxophone, percussion); 
Jimmy Sones (piano); 
Charles Jones (bass); 
Johnny Tucker (drums); 
Little H. Williams (percussion).


One of the Chicago guitarist's most satisfying contemporary albums, this 1972 set (first issued on Advent) was cut not in the Windy City, but in L.A. in 1972, with a combo featuring Phillip Walker on second guitar and George Smith on harp. Eddie Taylor was no strict traditionalist; he was as conversant with funk-tinged modern rhythms as with Delta-based styles, and he exhibits both sides of his musical personality on this one. ---Bill Dahl, Rovi

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Eddie Taylor - Bad Boy (1993) Eddie Taylor - Bad Boy (1993)

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1	Bad Boy 
2	Take Your Hands Down			
3	Moon Is Rising			
4	Pink Champagne			
5	Keep On Pushing			
6	I Have the Blues			
7	I Found Out			
8	Long Home Blues			
9	I Do Know Right From Wrong			
10	Look Over Yonders Wall			
11	Three O'Clock In The Morning			
12	I Got Long to Stay			
13	Look Out			
14	All Your Lovin			
15	Feel Like Jumping			
16	You Make Me See			
17	Big Town Playboy

Eddie Taylor (vocals, acoustic, electric & slide guitar); 
Vera Taylor (vocals); 
Johnny B. Moore (guitar); 
Larry Taylor (acoustic guitar, drums); 
Willie Kent (bass); 
Tim Taylor (drums).


Benoit native Eddie Taylor, an architect of the post-World War II Chicago blues genre, was renowned for his work both as a bandleader and accompanist. He was best known for shaping the distinctive sound of Jimmy Reed, a childhood friend with whom Taylor reunited in Chicago. The Benoit area was also the birthplace of James DeShay, a mainstay of the St. Louis blues scene; James “Peck” Curtis, famed for his work on “King Biscuit Time” radio; and southern soul star Nathaniel Kimble.

Taylor (January 29, 1923 - December 25, 1985) is revered as one of the most influential guitarists in Chicago blues history, known for his versatility, impeccable timing, and consummate musicianship. As a child Taylor was influenced by Delta bluesmen Charley Patton, Son House, Big Joe Williams, and Robert Johnson, but learned to play guitar from a musician named “Popcorn.” Taylor performed in local jukes around Leland and Clarksdale and taught guitar to Jimmy Reed in nearby Meltonia. In the 1940s he moved to Memphis and then to Chicago, where he helped pioneer the city’s new electric blues style.

During the 1950s and ‘60s Taylor and Reed collaborated over dozens of sessions to create many of Reed's hits for Vee-Jay Records, including “You Don’t Have to Go,” “Baby What You Want Me to Do,” “Honest I Do,” and “Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby.” Taylor also recorded “Bad Boy,” “Bigtown Playboy,” and other singles for Vee-Jay as a solo artist, followed by albums for a number of different companies. Always in demand for studio sessions and nightclub dates, Taylor recorded and performed with John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and his Broomdusters, Carey Bell, Sunnyland Slim, Homesick James, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Littlejohn, Snooky Pryor, Floyd Jones, and the Aces, among many others. He began to tour internationally in the late ‘60s and remained active in music until his death. Although never as well known to the public as many of his comrades in the blues, Taylor was rated so highly by critics, historians, and musicians that he was elected to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1987.

Taylor’s wife was blues vocalist Vera Taylor (1943-1999), a native of Dublin, Mississippi, and the niece of bluesmen Eddie, Jimmy, and Willie Burns. She often appeared on stage with her husband. Their children, Eddie, Jr., Larry, Milton, Tim, Demetria, Brenda, and Edna, all became singers or musicians, and Vera, Eddie, Jr., and Larry Taylor also recorded CDs of their own.

Benoit has been home to several other performers of note, including Nathaniel Kimble, James “Peck” Curtis, James DeShay, and Jessie Clay. Music from Benoit was also featured in the 1956 movie Baby Doll, which was filmed at the antebellum Burrus house and other local sites. In the film, a harmonica player sings the blues classic "Baby Please Don't Go" and a woman at a cafe sings the traditional spiritual "I Shall Not Be Moved." The cast credits in the film acknowledged the singers and most of the other local extras simply as “Some People of Benoit, Mississippi." ---

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Eddie Taylor - Long Way From Home (1995) Eddie Taylor - Long Way From Home (1995)

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1. Introduction
2. Bad Boy
3. Baby Please Don't Go play
4. My Sometimes Baby
5. There'll Be A Day
6. Crossroads play
7. Hoy Hoy
8. Goin' Down Slow
9. I Don't Know
10. You're Gonna Look For Me (And I'll Be Hard To Find)
11. Signals Of Love
12. Blow Wind Blow

Eddie Taylor - Guitar, Vocals
Louis Myers - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Dave Myers - Bass;
Odie Payne Jr. - Drums


Singer/guitarist Eddie Taylor played rhythm guitar behind Jimmy Reed on numerous waxings, but as a solo performer he never achieved anything like the commercial succes of Reed, who regularly outsold men like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. That was not due to any lack of talent, however. Eddie Taylor (1923-1985) was a supremely versatile blues guitarist, equally capable of playing the greasiest, grittiest grooves imaginable, and tearing off into a burning single-string solo. And he was a strong, expressive singer as well...perhaps the only thing missing was the kind of exceptional material that Willie Dixon penned for Waters and Wolf (and which they, along with men like Elmore James and Rice Miller, were perfectly capable of churning out on their own). Eddie Taylor was a great songwriter when his muse was in, but he seemed to have a hard time coming up with enough truly excellent material to compete with the exceptionally prolific Willie Dixon and that force of nature Aleck "Rice" Miller.

On this aptly titled 1977 live recording (it was cut in Japan), Taylor is backed by brothers Louis and David Myers on 2nd guitar and bass guitar respectively, and by veteran drummer Odie Payne, a powerful, versatile percussionist who played with everybody who was anybody on the Chicago blues scene at one time or another. The set opens with Eddie Taylor's classic 1955 single "Bad Boy", and other highlights include the fiery "You're Gonna Look For Me", the swaggering groove of "There'll Be A Day", a smouldering "Blow Wind Blow" (not the Muddy Waters-song), and a slow, yet very muscular "My Sometimes Baby" which prominently features Odie Payne. Also, Taylor and Louis Myers both get off a couple of great solos on "Going Down Slow" (that's Eddie Taylor in the right speaker), and this rendition of "Crossroads" is one of the finest electric versions of that classic song I have ever heard. Taylor even sounds like Robert Johnson.

There is a lot of sizzling blues guitar playing here, and some wonderful drumming by Odie Payne as well. The sound is fine, and the liner notes are quite good. And "Long Way From Home" is a really enjoyable live album by one of the finest, most talented sidemen on the Chicago blues scene, the great Eddie Taylor.

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