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|
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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