Les Taylor (singer)

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Les Taylor
Birth nameLeslie Christopher Taylor
Born (1948-12-27) December 27, 1948 (age 72)[1]
Oneida, Kentucky, United States[2]
OriginOneida, Kentucky, United States
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsExile

Leslie Christopher Taylor (born December 27, 1948, in Oneida, Kentucky, United States) is an American country music artist. Taylor has released two studio albums on Epic Records. His highest charting single, "I Gotta Mind to Go Crazy," peaked at No. 44 in 1991.

In 1980, Taylor became the contributing lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of country-pop band Exile. He performed with the group until 1989, when he left to pursue a solo career. After parting ways with Epic, Taylor reunited with Exile in 1995 and continues to perform with the band.[3]

As a songwriter, Taylor has had his songs recorded by Travis Tritt and Shelby Lynne. He also co-wrote Janie Fricke's Number One single, "It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy."



Title Album details
That Old Desire
Blue Kentucky Wind
  • Release date: April 23, 1991
  • Label: Epic Records


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1989 "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Loved You" 46 That Old Desire
1990 "Knowin' You Were Leavin'" 58
1991 "I Gotta Mind to Go Crazy" 44 Blue Kentucky Wind

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various artists 74 Single only
1991 "The Very First Lasting Love" Shelby Lynne 50 41 Soft Talk / Blue Kentucky Wind
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1989 "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Loved You"[4] Deaton Flanigen
1990 "Tomorrow's World" (Various) Gustavo Garzon
1991 "The Very First Lasting Love" (with Shelby Lynne) Deaton Flanigen


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 415. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
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  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Les Taylor biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Loved You – Les Taylor". Vevo. Retrieved November 18, 2011.