Bobby Taylor

Bobby Taylor

Real Name:
Robert Edward Taylor
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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Bobby Taylor Discography


Bobby Taylor Taylor Made Soul (Album) Gordy UK 1969 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7079 Bobby Taylor Malinda(7") Gordy 7079 US 1968 Sell This Version
Bobby Taylor It Should Have Been Me Loving Her / My Girl Has Gone (Single) Gordy US 1969 Sell This Version
Bobby Taylor Blackmail / Oh, I've Been Bless'd (Single) V.I.P. US 1970 Sell This Version
Bobby Taylor Hey Lordy / Just A Little Bit Closer Mowest US 1971 Sell This Version
Bobby Taylor There Are Roses Somewhere In This World / It Was A Good Time (Rosy's Theme) Sunflower Records (4) US 1972 Sell This Version
Bobby Taylor I Can't Quit Your Love / Queen Of The Ghetto (Single) Tommy France 1973 Sell This Version
BT* And TB* BT* And TB* - I Can't Quit Your Love (Single) Philadelphia International Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Bobby Taylor Why Play Games / Don't Wonder Why (Single) Playboy Records US 1975 Sell This Version
Y 540F Bobby Taylor Does Your Mama Know About Me?(7") Motown Y 540F Unknown Sell This Version
S93D8003 Bobby Taylor DO U INTO OTHERS(CD, Mini, Single) Nightmare Records S93D8003 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
200 Bobby Taylor Stop dragging my heart around (7", Single) Club Long Island 200 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Bobby Taylor I'll Be Moving On/Stranger Stole You From Me(7", Single) Chytowns none Unknown Sell This Version
105 Bobby Taylor You Can Count On Me / You're Just What I Need(7") Chytowns 105 US Unknown Sell This Version
PRAC 0018 Scherrie Payne / Bobby Taylor Scherrie Payne / Bobby Taylor - Pure Energy / Do U Into Others(12", Maxi, Promo) Nightmare Records PRAC 0018 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
2201 Bobby Taylor Walk, Walk, Walk / It's Funny(7") Ka Jo 2201 US Unknown Sell This Version


983 851-1 Bobby Taylor The Motown Anthology(2xCD, Comp, RM) Motown 983 851-1 UK 2006 Sell This Version

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