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Sam 'The Man' Taylor


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Sam L. Taylor (July 12, 1916 – 1990) best known as the tenor saxophonist Sam “The Man” Taylor, was a jazz and blues player, whose honking style set the standard for tenor sax solos in both rock and roll and rhythm and blues.
Taylor attended Alabama State University, where he played with the Bama State Collegians. He worked with Scatman Crothers, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan, and Big Joe Turner. He was one of the most requested session saxophone players in New York recording studios in the 1950s. Taylor also replaced Count Basie as the house bandleader on Alan Freed’s ‘Camel Rock ‘n Roll Dance Party’ radio series over CBS.
Taylor’s saxophone solo appeared on Big Joe Turner’s original version of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. He also played on “Money Honey”, recorded by Clyde McPhatter with The Drifters in 1953, and on “Sh-Boom” by The Chords.
During the 1960s, he led a five-piece band, the Blues Chasers. In the 1970’s, he frequently played and recorded in Japan.
Taylor died in 1990 in Lexington, Tennessee.

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