Little Johnny Taylor (February 11, 1943 - May 17, 2002) was a blues and soul singer who became famous during the 1960s and early 1970s. Born Johnny Lamont Merrett in Gregory, Arkansas, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1950 and began singing with the gospel group, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, before going solo and switching to secular music. Given their very similar names, he is often confused with his contemporary, Johnnie Taylor (of "Who's Making Love" fame).
Taylor made his debut in 1963 on both the Pop/Rock and R∓B charts with "You'll Need Another Favor," which made the R&B Top 40. His fame took off later that year with the impassioned, bluesy ballad, "Part Time Love," which topped the R&B charts, made the Pop/Rock Top 20, and became his signature song. His many other hits included "Since I Found A New Love" (1964), "Zig Zag Lightning" (1966), and the blues smash, "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" (1971), which became a Top 10 R&B hit.
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Little Johnny Taylor
- Part Time Love 1963
(This song later also became a hit for Ann Peebles (1970).)
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