Sam Taylor

Samuel Leroy Taylor, Jr. (July 12, 1916 – October 5, 1990), known as Sam "The Man" Taylor, was an American jazz and blues tenor saxophonist.

Taylor was born in Lexington, Tennessee. He attended Alabama State University, where he played with the Bama State Collegians. He later worked with Scatman Crothers, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner. Taylor was one of the most requested session saxophone players in New York recording studios in the 1950s. He also replaced Count Basie as the house bandleader on Alan Freed's radio series, Camel Rock 'n Roll Dance Party, on CBS.

Taylor played the saxophone solo on Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll". He also played on "Harlem Nocturne"; on "Money Honey", recorded by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters in 1953; and on "Sh-Boom" by the Chords.

During the 1960s, he led a five-piece band, the Blues Chasers. In the 1970s, he frequently played and recorded in Japan.

Taylor died in 1990 in Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 12th, 1916, Died January 1st, 1990

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: saxophone

Notes: Sam "The Man" Taylor.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82319 2/25/1952 A guy is a guy Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 82320 2/25/1952 Nowhere guy Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 82321 2/25/1952 Gee but I'm glad to know you love me Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 82322 2/25/1952 Goody goody Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Sam," accessed July 23, 2021,

Taylor, Sam. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from

"Taylor, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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