Sam Taylor

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

Taylor was born in Lexington, Tennessee, United States. 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, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 74.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 12, 1916, Died October 5, 1990

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1965

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

Notes: Sam "The Man" Taylor.

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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 201 records)

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  
Decca 83008 6/26/1952 Angel eyes Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83009 6/26/1952 Ding dong boogie-1 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83010 6/26/1952 You'll have to swing it, part 1 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83011 6/26/1952 You'll have to swing it, part 2 Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83012 6/26/1952 Early Autumn Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83013 6/26/1952 The girls are marching Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83014 6/26/1952 Preview Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83951 2/13/1953 Careless Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83952 2/13/1953 Blue Lou Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83953 2/13/1953 I wonder what kind of guy you'd be Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 84356 4/21/1953 April in Portugal Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84357 4/21/1953 Ramona Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85447 11/7/1953 Whamboogie George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85448 11/7/1953 Creole George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85449 11/7/1953 The knocked out choo choo George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85450 11/7/1953 The rompin' stamper George Williams Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85590 12/23/1953 Empty ballroom Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85591 12/23/1953 If you don't, I know who will Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85592 12/23/1953 Melancholy me Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85593 12/23/1953 Somebody bad stole de wedding bell Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85804 2/1/1954 Come rain or come shine Pearl Bailey instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 26-50 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Sam," accessed April 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

Taylor, Sam. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

"Taylor, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513

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