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 76-100 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 100343 7/27/1956 Homesick blues Eddie Fontaine instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100344 7/27/1956 Into each life some rain must fall Eddie Fontaine instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 100345 7/27/1956 Cool it baby Eddie Fontaine instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101113 11/30/1956 Begin the beguine Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101114 11/30/1956 All about love Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101115 11/30/1956 Perdido Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101116 11/30/1956 Temptation Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101132 12/7/1956 Don't get around much anymore Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101133 12/7/1956 Oo shoo be doo be Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101134 12/7/1956 By myself Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101135 12/7/1956 Signed, sealed and delivered Sammy Davis, Jr. instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101657 2/14/1957 John Thompson Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101658 2/14/1957 Sure Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101659 2/14/1957 Swell Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101660 2/14/1957 Easy rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101666 2/15/1957 Sentimental journey Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101667 2/15/1957 Stop, look and run Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101668 2/15/1957 Twenty one Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 101669 2/15/1957 Sometimes I'm happy Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102267 4/15/1957 Swizzle time Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102268 4/15/1957 Late hours Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102269 4/15/1957 You for me Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102270 4/15/1957 Readin', writin' and rockin' Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102279 4/16/1957 Three bad men Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102280 4/16/1957 Gumbo rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 76-100 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Sam," accessed April 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

Taylor, Sam. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

"Taylor, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

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

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