Bobby Taylor

Real Name:
Robert Edward Taylor
Profile:
Bobby Taylor (born February 18, 1934, Washington, D.C., USA - died July 22, 2017, Hong Kong, China) was an American soul singer, songwriter, and producer active primarily in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was raised in New York City and sang in local doo-wop groups as a young man. In 1958 he was a member of The Four Pharaohs, who released a few locally-selling recordings in the Columbus, Ohio area. In the early 1960s, they were in San Francisco, where Taylor met Little Daddy And The Bachelors, With Taylor as the lead singer, they would eventually become the Vancouver, Canada based Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers. This act would join Motown and had an LP release titled Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers (1968) with a top 30 single. (1969).

At a show in Chicago in July 1968, The Jackson 5 opened for Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers. Impressed with The Jackson 5, Taylor personally brought the group to Motown. After they signed to Motown in March 1969, Taylor became the group's first producer and supervised the bulk of their first album, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5. Later in California, after the Jackson 5 were relocated by Berry Gordy, Taylor briefly joined them although he did not receive credit for working on the group's early singles. Bobby Taylor also recorded one album as a solo artist, titled Taylor Made Soul, and was shifted to Motown's V.I.P. label where his singles failed to sell well. By 1971, Taylor had departed Motown because of a financial dispute, recording sporadically into the mid-1970s. Taylor later successfully sued Motown for a substantial amount.

In 2006, a 2-disc anthology covering his entire Motown career, including the two albums, non-LP singles and previously unreleased tracks, was released.
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Albums

GS942, GLPS-942 Bobby Taylor - Taylor Made Soul album art Bobby Taylor Taylor Made Soul (Album) Gordy, Gordy GS942, GLPS-942 US 1969 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7079 Bobby Taylor Malinda(7") Gordy 7079 US 1968 Sell This Version
G-7092 Bobby Taylor - It Should Have Been Me Loving Her / My Girl Has Gone album art Bobby Taylor It Should Have Been Me Loving Her / My Girl Has Gone (Single) Gordy G-7092 US 1969 Sell This Version
V.I.P.-25053 Bobby Taylor - Oh, I've Been Bless'd / Blackmail album art Bobby Taylor Oh, I've Been Bless'd / Blackmail (Single) V.I.P. V.I.P.-25053 US 1969 Sell This Version
MW 5006F Bobby Taylor - Hey Lordy / Just A Little Bit Closer album art Bobby Taylor Hey Lordy / Just A Little Bit Closer Mowest MW 5006F US 1971 Sell This Version
SUN 126 Bobby Taylor - There Are Roses Somewhere In This World / It Was A Good Time (Rosy's Theme) album art Bobby Taylor There Are Roses Somewhere In This World / It Was A Good Time (Rosy's Theme) Sunflower (11) SUN 126 US 1972 Sell This Version
Y 540F Bobby Taylor - Does Your Mama Know About Me? / I Am Your Man album art Bobby Taylor Does Your Mama Know About Me? / I Am Your Man Motown Y 540F US 1973 Sell This Version
PIR 1956 Bobby Taylor - I Can't Quit Your Love / Queen Of The Ghetto album art Bobby Taylor I Can't Quit Your Love / Queen Of The Ghetto (Single) Tommy PIR 1956 France 1973 Sell This Version
ZS8 3571 Bobby Taylor - I Can't Quit Your Love album art BT* And TB* BT* And TB* - I Can't Quit Your Love (Single) Philadelphia International Records ZS8 3571 US 1975 Sell This Version
P-6046 Bobby Taylor - Why Play Games / Don't Wonder Why album art Bobby Taylor Why Play Games / Don't Wonder Why (Single) Playboy Records P-6046 US 1975 Sell This Version
UU-100 Bobby Taylor - Believe In Yourself / Gypsy Woman album art Bobby Taylor Believe In Yourself / Gypsy Woman (Single) Ultra Unique Records Inc. UU-100 US 1985 Sell This Version
S93D8003 Bobby Taylor - Do U Into Others album art Bobby Taylor Do U Into Others(CD, Mini, Single) Nightmare Records S93D8003 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
537 483-0 Bobby Taylor Don't Be Afraid(7", Single) Tamla Motown 537 483-0 UK Unknown Sell This Version
2201 Bobby Taylor - Walk, Walk, Walk / It's Funny album art Bobby Taylor Walk, Walk, Walk / It's Funny(7", Single) Kajo Records 2201 US Unknown Sell This Version
8552 Bobby Taylor - Dreaming A Dreram / I Can't Quit Your Love album art Crown Heights Affair / Bobby Taylor Crown Heights Affair / Bobby Taylor - Dreaming A Dreram / I Can't Quit Your Love(12") Disco Queen Records 8552 US Unknown Sell This Version
PRAC 0018 Bobby Taylor - Pure Energy / Do U Into Others album art Scherrie Payne / Bobby Taylor Scherrie Payne / Bobby Taylor - Pure Energy / Do U Into Others(12", Maxi, Promo) Nightmare Records, Century PRAC 0018 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

983 851-1 Bobby Taylor - The Motown Anthology album art Bobby Taylor The Motown Anthology(2xCD, Comp, RM) Motown, Spectrum Music (2) 983 851-1 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version