From Arkansas and performing with gospel groups in his early years, later recording with Highway QCs and The Soul Stirrers in Sam Cooke's stead. In 1961 Taylor signed with Cooke's newly formed SAR Records as one of the label's first acts and recorded a few singles before the label went defunct following Cooke's death in 1964. Picked up by Stax Records in 1965 and relocating to Memphis, Tennessee, Taylor started cranking out singles and (soon after) LPs at a staggering rate. His second LP with Stax 'Who's Making Love' sold over a million copies and went gold, earning him the moniker 'The Philosopher of Soul'. The hits with Stax kept coming well into the 70s with many more charting numbers and another gold record. Taylor remained with Stax right up until they folded and like several others relocated to Columbia Records. It was there with Don Davis on production that Taylor had his biggest hit. After topping most the major charts for weeks, Disco Lady was the first certified platinum single (two million copies sold) by the RIAA. Taylor recorded several more successful albums and R&B singles with Davis on Columbia before Brad Shapiro took over production duties. Leaving for L.A. in the early 80s Taylor recorded one album with Beverly Glen Records and like many other multi-faceted soulsters found a lasting home with Malaco Records in 1984. Much like his time with Stax, Malaco afforded Taylor the freedom he so desired in the studio and this became a very amicable arrangement leading to 10 LPs in a 16 year stretch and a string of hits along the way. Johnnie Taylor died age 66 in May of 2000.
Try Me Tonight collects Taylor's complete studio output from 1961 to 1999 with one Live Album (circa 1972) released by Stax in 2007 and a posthumous collection CD issued by Malaco in 2003.
I didn't do a complete singles collection due to the massive overlap of songs but I did collect all tracks (1961-1974) not featured on the LPs. The SAR, Derby and Stax Records A-sides, B-sides, collabs, duets and a few unissued tracks ... all tagged in my usual fashion.
Nearly all files @ 320kbs with the exception of both 1977 LPs.
Enjoy and as always, thank you to original uploaders.
*Note: DL and extract both parts together