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 176-200 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 114844 4/29/1964 Somewhere in the night Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114845 4/29/1964 The night we called it a day Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114846 5/12/1964 Moonglow Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114847 5/12/1964 Lament Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114848 5/12/1964 Where are you tonight Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114849 5/12/1964 Night train Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114850 5/12/1964 Moonlight becomes you Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114851 5/12/1964 Marnie Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114852 5/12/1964 Easy living Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 114853 5/12/1964 Cry me a river Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115730 2/26/1965 Yogiri no blues Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115731 2/26/1965 Harlem nocturne Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115732 2/26/1965 Kimi wasureji, no blues Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115733 2/26/1965 Ams znisa ku hana Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115734 2/26/1965 Ore wa matter uze Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115735 2/26/1965 Summertime Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115736 2/26/1965 Akashiya no ame ga yahutoki Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115737 2/26/1965 Londonderry air Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115738 2/26/1965 Johnny of the glass Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115739 2/26/1965 Autumn leaves Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115740 2/26/1965 Shanghai blues Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 115741 2/26/1965 Save the last dance for me Sam "The Man" (Sammy) Taylor instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 2070 10-in. 5/5/1949 Baby, it's cold outside Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 2071 10-in. 5/5/1949 The hucklebuck Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Signature SRC 2072 10-in. 5/5/1949 I've got the world on a string Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 176-200 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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