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 101-123 of 123 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||83646||11/14/1952||Waltzing on a cloud||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83647||11/15/1952||In Veradero-1||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83648||11/15/1952||Falling in love all over again||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83649||11/15/1952||It's a happy holiday||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||83650||11/15/1952||Two for a nickel, three for a dime||Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84130||3/6/1953||Only yesterday||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84131||3/6/1953||I know why||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84132||3/6/1953||If love is good to me||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85034||8/14/1953||When I lost you||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85035||8/14/1953||Idle gossip||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85036||8/14/1953||I had a talk with a daisy||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85037||8/14/1953||Skylark||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85488||11/6/1953||Only forever||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85489||11/6/1953||(Oh boy! what joy we had in) Barefoot days||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||85490||11/6/1953||(Oh boy! what joy we had in) Barefoot days||Johnny Long Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86348||6/2/1954||Detour ahead||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86349||6/2/1954||I'm through with love||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86350||6/2/1954||You're mine you||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86351||6/2/1954||Who can I turn to?||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86352||6/2/1954||The things we did last Summer||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86353||6/2/1954||A cottage for sale||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86354||6/2/1954||We'll be together again||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||86355||6/2/1954||More than you know||Jackie Paris||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Billy," accessed May 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259.
Taylor, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259.
"Taylor, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021.
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