Billy Taylor

William Taylor Sr. (April 3, 1906 – September 2, 1986) was an American jazz bassist. He was born Washington, D.C. and died in Fairfax, Virginia.

Taylor began playing tuba but later picked up bass alongside it. After moving to New York City in 1924, he played with Elmer Snowden (1925), Willie Gant and Arthur Gibbs (1926), Charlie Johnson (1927–29, 1932–33), Duke Ellington (1928), McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1929–31), Fats Waller (1934), and Fletcher Henderson. He recorded with Jelly-Roll Morton on three sessions in 1930. From 1935 to 1940 he again played with Ellington, and it is for this association that he is best known; he often played with a second bassist in the orchestra, at times Hayes Alvis or Jimmie Blanton. During that time he also recorded with Cootie Williams and Johnny Hodges. In the 1940s he played with Coleman Hawkins (1940), Red Allen (1940–41), Joe Sullivan (1942), Raymond Scott (1942–43), Cootie Williams (1944), Barney Bigard (1944–45), Benny Morton (1945), and Cozy Cole (1945). Later in the decade he played freelance in New York before moving back to Washington, D.C. in 1949. He led his own ensemble for Keynote Records in 1944.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 3rd, 1906 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2nd, 1986 (Fairfax)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, string bass, leader, tuba, composer

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 123 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 81296 7/20/1951 If, if, if you were mine Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81297 7/20/1951 I've got the blues for my baby Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81298 7/20/1951 Trinidad Daddy Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81299 7/20/1951 The right kind of feeling Gladys Bruce instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81300 7/23/1951 The morning side of the mountain Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81301 7/23/1951 Blue velvet Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81302 7/23/1951 The love of a gypsy Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81303 7/23/1951 A man ain't supposed to cry Arthur Prysock instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81357 8/6/1951 Lemme go Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81358 8/6/1951 Dreamy melody Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81359 8/6/1951 I got it bad Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81360 8/6/1951 The day isn't long enough Tamara Hayes instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81394 8/14/1951 untitled original Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81395 8/14/1951 Kissing bug boogie Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81396 8/14/1951 Slick chick on the sly Sy Oliver Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82005 12/19/1951 Somebody stole my darling Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82006 12/19/1951 I know what it means to be lonesome Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82007 12/19/1951 Begin the beguine Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82008 12/19/1951 Believe it beloved Connie Boswell instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82179 1/22/1952 Easy street Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82180 1/22/1952 A weaver of dreams Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82181 1/22/1952 Miss me Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82182 1/22/1952 I hear a rhapsody Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82401 3/5/1952 When you surrender (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 82402 3/5/1952 Alone with a memory (Little) Jimmy Scott leader, instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 51-75 of 123 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Billy," accessed May 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259.

Taylor, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259.

"Taylor, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 May 2021.

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