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: 1941 - 1965

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, saxophone, alto saxophone

Notes: Sam "The Man" Taylor.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 200 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-067727 10-in. 8/26/1941 Foo-gee Sunset Orchestra ; Julius Watson ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067728 10-in. 8/26/1941 How 'bout that mess Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067729 10-in. 8/26/1941 Take a tip Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-067730 10-in. 8/26/1941 Baby, I just want you Frohsine Stewart ; Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068152 10-in. 11/6/1941 Gabby Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068166 10-in. 11/6/1941 Big and fat and forty-four Hardway Four ; Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068167 10-in. 11/6/1941 Sarghum switch Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-068168 10-in. 11/6/1941 Leave the rest to me Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-073487 10-in. 3/30/1942 Who threw the whiskey in the well? Hardway Four ; Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-073488 10-in. 3/30/1942 Me and my Melinda James Otis Lewis ; Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-073490 10-in. 3/30/1942 Keep jumpin' Sunset Orchestra ; Doc Wheeler Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 71451 10-in. 10/19/1943 Don't cry baby Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71452 10-in. 10/19/1943 Sweet slumber Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71453 10-in. 10/19/1943 Shipyard social function Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73395 2/26/1946 How big can you get Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73396 2/26/1946 More, more, more Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73397 2/26/1946 There's good blues tonight Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73398 2/26/1946 Shorty's got to go Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73399 2/26/1946 Chittlin' switch Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73561 5/10/1946 Fare Thee well Deacon Jones Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73861 4/11/1947 You can't put out a fire Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73862 4/11/1947 The spider and the fly Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73863 4/11/1947 Let it roll Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 73864 4/11/1947 Begging for love Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 82319 2/25/1952 A guy is a guy Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 200 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Sam," accessed November 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

Taylor, Sam. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

"Taylor, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 November 2021.

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