Inducted in 1997
Photo By-Tom McGraw
For those of you who don't know, Blues Legend, Sam
Taylor, is quite the modest celebrity. Born in
1934 in Mobile, Alabama, he comes from four generations of gospel
singers, banjo pickers,
minstrel players and vaudeville people.
Sam has resided in Tucson for the last 11 years. Prior to that he had
been living in the Los Angeles area for 13 years.
Sam has an illustrious background in the music scene. In the 50's, he
cut "Ain't That Some Shame"
with Bobby Robbins who owned Fire and Fury Records. Also on that label
was Ike and the Aces
-- Ike Turner's band.
To his credit, Sam was in one of the first big integrated bands in the
country, Joey Dee and The
Starliters ("Peppermint Twist"), playing the Peppermint Lounge during
the Twist Craze.
Among the performers he's played with are Otis Redding, Sam and Dave,
Solomon Burke, Little Johnny Taylor and Big Joe Turner, who called him
the Crown Prince of the
Sam noted that he wrote a lot of songs for many people who made good
money off of his work.
He sold seven songs to the Rolling Stones, one of which they recorded
-- "Midnight Rambler" -- a
number that Sam says wasn't even the best in the bunch. In all, his
songs have been covered by a
diversity of people from Freddy King to Tiny Tim.
Sam Taylor passed away on January 5, 2009 at the age of 74, in his
Islandia, New York home.