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 201-201 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Signature SRC 2073 10-in. 5/5/1949 Why can't you behave Cab Calloway and his Cab Jivers instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
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