Felice Taylor

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Felice Taylor
Birth name Florine Corella Flanagan
Also known as Florain Taylor
Florain Flanagan-Andrews
Born (1944-01-29)January 29, 1944
Richmond, California, United States
Died June 12, 2017(2017-06-12) (aged 73)
Genres R&B, pop, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels Groovy, Mustang
Associated acts The Sweets

Felice Taylor (born Florine Corella Flanagan, January 29, 1944 – June 12, 2017)[1][2] was an American soul and pop singer, best known for her recordings in the late 1960s.[3]

The Sweets[edit]

The Sweets
Origin United States
Genres R&B, pop, soul
Years active 1965
Labels Valiant
Past members Felice Taylor
Norma Taylor
Darlene Taylor

Born in Richmond, California, United States, Taylor began singing with her sisters Norma and Darlene in a trio, The Sweets, who recorded two singles, "The Richest Girl", for the Valiant label in 1965 and "Satisfy Me Baby" on the Soul Town label.

Solo career[edit]

Taylor recorded her solo hit "Think About Me", as Florain Taylor, on the Groovy label. Her greatest success came after signing for Bob Keane's Mustang label, a subsidiary of Bronco Records. There she was teamed with the songwriters and record producers, Barry White and Paul Politi, who co-wrote "It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring)", a minor hit reaching No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 44 on the R&B chart in early 1967,[4] and its follow-up "I'm Under the Influence of Love". A third single, "I Feel Love Comin' On", also written and produced by White and Politi was not released in the US, but reached No. 11 in the UK Singles Chart,[5] when leased to President Records later in 1967.[4]

After leaving Bronco, Taylor recorded for Kent Records, and later in the UK with members of The Equals.[4] In 1973, White's protegées Love Unlimited recorded new versions of "It May Be Winter Outside" and "Under the Influence of Love" and Barry White recorded "I Feel Love Comin' On" on The Love Unlimited Orchestra's top ten album Rhapsody in White.[4] Taylor herself seems not to have recorded after the early 1970s.

Personal life[edit]

Following an early marriage to Johnny B Taylor,[6] she remarried, to Walter Lee Andrews.

She died in June 2017, aged 73. She was interred at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Felice Taylor, Soul Source UK, 18 August 2018
  2. ^ a b Florain Corella Flanagan, FindaGrave.com
  3. ^ "Felice Taylor". Oxfordindex.oup.com. 1948-01-29. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d Ed Hogan (1948-01-29). "Felice Taylor | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 549. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Florain C Flanagan California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985

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