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Little Johnny Taylor Day

Little Johnny Taylor (born Johnny Lamont Merrett; February 11, 1943 – May 17, 2002) was an American blues and soul singer, who made recordings throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and continued public performances through the 1980s and 1990s.

Born in Gregory, Arkansas, United States,he is frequently confused with his contemporary and near namesake Johnnie Taylor, especially since the latter made a cover version of the song that Little Johnny Taylor was most famous for, “Part Time Love” (1963), and the fact that both men began their careers as gospel singers.

Little Johnny Taylor moved to Los Angeles in 1950, and sang with the Mighty Clouds of Joy before moving into secular music. Influenced by Little Willie John, he first recorded as an R&B artist for the Swingin’ record label.

However, he did not achieve major success until signing for San Francisco-based Fantasy Records‘ subsidiary label, Galaxy. His first hit was the mid-tempo blues “You’ll Need Another Favor,” sung in the style of Bobby Bland, with arrangement by Ray Shanklin and produced by Cliff Goldsmith.

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