Little Eddie Taylor
No this isn’t the excellent blues guitarist
who accompanied Jimmy Reed on most of his classic Chicago recordings but
another guy altogether. As far as I can tell this is his only 45 – but
it’s a very good
one. The flip side all the Northern soul fans want is a fairly good thumper
One Mistake is in a different league altogether.
Set in a rather unusual semi-latin rhythm it’s a tuneful ballad full
of charm. Taylor doesn’t scream his regret but with his somewhat nasal
tone manages to get the message across quite effectively. The occasional
falsetto phrase really helps as well. Yet another winner from the Duke stable – really
sticks in the mind.
The Tropical 45 Just The Way You Are is a pretty solid ballad. The song isn't as strong as the Peacock 45 but Eddie's vocal still delivers the goods.
UPDATE ~ Swamp Dogg has written to say that Eddie Taylor on Tropical is the same guy. He says " He could sing his ass off and women were crazy about him...he was a true ladies man. He told me that he was Johnny Taylor's brother but Johnny wouldn't acknowledge him."
The incedible photo comes from Colin Dilnott. The caption that accompanies it says "Wee Eddie Taylor 2 3/4 feet tall packed with dynamite (song and dance man)"!
Many thanks to Swamp Dogg and Colin Dilnot for the extra info.