Eddie Taylor (January 29, 1923 – December 25, 1985) was an [1 ] American electric blues guitarist and singer. [2 ]
Biography [ edit ]
Edward Taylor in Benoit, Mississippi, United States, as a boy Taylor taught himself to play the guitar. He spent his early years playing at venues around Leland, Mississippi, where he taught his friend Jimmy Reed to play guitar. With a guitar style deeply rooted in the [3 ] Mississippi Delta tradition, in 1949 Taylor moved to Chicago, Illinois.
While Taylor never achieved the stardom of some of his compatriots in the
Chicago blues scene, he nevertheless was an integral part of that era. He is especially noted as a main accompanist for Jimmy Reed, as well as working with John Lee Hooker, Big Walter Horton, Sam Lay, and others. [4 ] Earwig Music Company recorded him with Kansas City Red and Big John Wrencher on the album, "Original Chicago Blues"., Taylor's own [5 ] records "Big Town Playboy" and "Bad Boy" on Vee Jay Records became local hits in the 1950s. Later in his "semi-retirement" Eddie returned to be the regular lead guitarist with the "Peter Dames and the Chicago River Blues Band" and later to be known as "Peter Dames and the Rhythm Flames"
Taylor's son Eddie Taylor Jr. is a blues guitarist in Chicago, his stepson Larry Taylor is a blues
drummer and vocalist, and his daughter Demetria is a blues vocalist in Chicago. Taylor's wife Vera was the niece of bluesmen Eddie "Guitar" Burns and Jimmy Burns.
Taylor died on
Christmas Day in 1985 in Chicago, at age 62, and was [6 ] interred in an unmarked grave in the Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1987.
Discography [ edit ]
Albums recorded as leader [ edit ]
Collaboration albums [ edit ]
Albums recorded as sideman [ edit ]
Street Talkin' (Muse 5087, French) - compilation of Vee Jay material w/seven Elmore James tracks and seven of Taylor's 1981
Big Town Playboy (Charly 1015, English) - contains all Vee Jay recordings under his name excepting "Good Hearted"
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