Johnnie Taylor’s Sound, Soulful Recommendation

Soul music in January 1969 wasn’t all about “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” The Marvin Gaye music forged a protracted shadow on each the R&B and pop scenes of the day, topping each Billboard charts from earlier than Christmas into February. However because the journal revealed its new Bestselling Rhythm & Blues Singles chart for January 25, Johnnie Taylor had one thing new to say.

The Stax star, who had paid loads of dues each in an earlier cope with the Derby label and with some medium-ranking hits on the esteemed Memphis label, had now actually hit paydirt. In truth, his signature groove “Who’s Making Love” was the million-selling single that led the soul chart instantly earlier than Marvin’s reign. As he launched the follow-up, he was instantly onto one other winner.

The music in query was “Take Care Of Your Homework,” and it was written by a powerful quartet. They included Northern Soul hero Homer Banks, writer-producer Raymond Jackson, T. (Thomas) Kelly and one other revered producer and songwriter, former Motown staffer Don Davis.

All however Kelly have been additionally credited on “Who’s Making Love,” which additionally enlisted Bettye Crutcher. They now turned their hand to a different assured, brassy observe fuelled by Taylor’s abrasive however supple vocals and a lyric advising males to not take their residence lives and loves as a right. Additional distinction got here within the manufacturing by Davis and Al Jackson Jr., the in-demand and much-revered drummer with Booker T and the MGs and much past.

Each hits have been on Taylor’s new album Who’s Making Love…, described by Billboard as “highly effective.” The commerce title’s evaluate of the only gave it a High 20 Pop Highlight, observing that “Taylor comes up with extra successful, intelligent High 10 materials with a dynamic vocal exercise and a wild, funky dance beat in robust help.”

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“Take Care Of Your Homework” entered the Scorching 100 every week earlier than its R&B debut, which got here at No.30 as the only raced 67-40 on the pop countdown. It matched as much as that Billboard prediction with a No.20 peak there, however proved to be a much bigger hit on the soul facet. It climbed all the best way to No.2 to change into the second of a powerful eight consecutive High 10 R&B hits for the person from Crawfordsville, Arkansas.

Purchase or stream “Take Care Of Your Homework” on Who’s Making Love…

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