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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 102281 4/16/1957 Kissing rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102282 4/16/1957 Sweet potato pie Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102283 4/17/1957 The street Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102284 4/17/1957 Mr. Onion head Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102285 4/17/1957 Ease down Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 102286 4/17/1957 The king's ring Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103662 11/13/1957 Lady whistle bait Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103663 11/13/1957 Fandango rock Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103664 11/13/1957 Cool Papa Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103665 11/13/1957 Teenage strut Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103681 11/15/1957 Two good guys Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103682 11/15/1957 Tuxedo junction Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103683 11/15/1957 In a little Spanish town Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103684 11/15/1957 Pushing Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103746 11/22/1957 Split level Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103747 11/22/1957 A stomping good time Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103748 11/22/1957 Two head Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 103749 11/22/1957 Campus rumpus Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104238 2/3/1958 The stroll Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104239 2/3/1958 Ram-bunk-shush Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104240 2/3/1958 Honky tonk Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104310 2/3/1958 Night ride The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104311 2/3/1958 Flip flap The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104312 2/3/1958 Big 'n bad The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 104313 2/3/1958 Gosah The King's Henchmen instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 101-125 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Sam," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

Taylor, Sam. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105513.

"Taylor, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

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