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Johnnie Harrison Taylor May 5, — May 31,  was a three-time Grammy -nominated American recording artist and songwriter who performed a wide variety of genres, from blues , rhythm and blues , soul , and gospel to pop , doo-wop , and disco. He recorded with the label's house band , which included Booker T. In , Taylor married Gerlean Rocket and they remained married until his death in He appeared in the documentary film, Wattstax , which was released in After Stax folded in , Taylor switched to Columbia Records , where he recorded his biggest success with Don Davis still in charge of production, " Disco Lady ", in It peaked at No. After a short stay at a small independent label in Los Angeles, Beverly Glen Records, Taylor signed with Malaco Records  after the company's founder Tommy Couch and producing partner Wolf Stephenson heard him sing at blues singer Z. Hill 's funeral in spring In , Taylor's eighth album for Malaco, Good Love!
He was added to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in The official date of his birth was not revealed until after his death; he had long claimed to be four years younger. The youngest of three siblings, he was raised by his grandmother in West Memphis Crittenden County. She was religious and made sure he attended church regularly. He made his church singing debut at age six, and inspired by both gospel and the blues, he decided at a young age that he wanted to make a living by singing. Taylor moved to Kansas City, Missouri, at age ten with his grandmother, and during his teen years, sang with a gospel quartet, the Melody Kings. They occasionally opened for the famous, highly influential gospel group, the Soul Stirrers, whose young lead singer, Sam Cooke, befriended Taylor. By , Taylor had moved to Chicago, Illinois, and was singing with the doo-wop group the Five Echoes, with whom he made his first recordings on the VeeJay label. Shortly afterward, he also began singing with the Highway QCs, a long-running, popular gospel quartet in which Cooke and Lou Rawls had previously been members.