Bobby Taylor – The Motown Anthology
This British compilation brings together the only album of the multiracial Canadian group Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (another more famous member was no less than Tommy Chong, later from Cheech & Chong, and they used the services of Jimi Hendrix at some time), the only Bobby Taylor’s album, Taylor Made Soul, some singles sides and 19 unissued songs, each of them being good or very good. Between his group career and his solo career, Bobby Taylor “discovered” the Jackson 5, brought them to Motown and produced them. Ironically, that discovery was, for advertisement purpose, credited to Diana Ross, who did discovered Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers and bring them to Motown !
Compilations like this one show how good this label was: even the unissued tracks are great, they are not second-rate left-overs, and this is REAL soul, gritty and funky.
American & Canadian soul group recording for Motown in the late 1960’s, based in Vancouver, Canada. Bobby Taylor met Little Daddy And The Bachelors in San Francisco in the early 1960’s. In Vancouver the band, after several name changes, received their break as Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers. Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson from Motown‘s The Supremes heard them singing in Vancouvers’ Elegant Palace & notified Berry Gordy who brought them to Detroit to record. On Gordy Jrs’ Gordy label they released one album, titled Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers (1968), from which the single “Does Your Mama Know About Me“, peaked at #29. For a July, 1968 show at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers had a local family band, The Jackson 5, as their opening act. But their career never really took off, and the members went separate ways shortly after the album was released.
While recording at Motown Bobby Taylor handled the leads, while Tommy Chong and Wes Henderson played guitar. Eddie Patterson played bass and Ted Lewis sat behind the drums.
American soul singer, songwriter, and producer active primarily in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York City, Taylor sang in local doo-wop groups as a young man.In 1958 he was a member of The Four Pharaohs, who released a few locally-selling recordings in the Columbus, Ohio area. In the early 1960’s, they were in San Francisco, where Taylor met Little Daddy And The Bachelors, With Taylor as the lead singer, they would eventuall become the Vancouver, Canada based Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers. This act would join Motown and had an LP release titled Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers (1968) with a top 30 single. (1969). At a show in Chiago in July 1968, The Jackson 5 opend for Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers. Impressed with The Jackson 5, Taylor personally brought the group to Motown. After they signed to Motown in March 1969, Taylor became the group’s first producer & supervised the bulk of their first album, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5. Later in California, after the Jackson 5 were relocated by Berry Gordy, Taylor briefly joined them although he did not receive credit for working on the group’s early singles. Bobby Taylor also recorded one album as a solo artist, titled Taylor Made Soul, and was shifted to Motown’s V.I.P. label where his singles failed to sell well. By 1971, Taylor had departed Motown because of a financial dispute, recording sporadically into the mid-1970s.Taylor later successfully sued Motown for a substantial amount.
In 2006 a 2-disc anthology covering his entire Motown career, including the two albums, non-lp singles and previously unreleased tracks, was released.