#1 Bobby Taylor, (Washington, DC, February 18, 1934 - 22 July 2017) was an American rhythm & blues and soul singer. As a producer and solo artist, Bobby Taylor contributed to several soul recordings, both inside and outside of Motown. Taylor is most notable for discovering and mentoring The Jackson 5. With Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers a soul band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he recorded for the Gordy Records division of Motown Records in 1968. They had a top 30 hit single, Does Your Mama Know About Me. Taylor was raised in Washington. As a young man, he moved to New York City and sang in doo-wop groups with singers who later joined successful acts such as Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and Little Anthony and the Imperials. In 1958 he began his music career as a member of The Four Pharaohs, who released a few locally-selling recordings in the Columbus, Ohio area. In the early 1960s, while they were in San Francisco, Taylor met Little Daddy and the Bachelors, made up of vocalist Tommie Melton, guitarist Tommy Chong, bassist Wes Henderson, pianist Bernie Sneed, drummer Floyd Sneed (later the drummer for Three Dog Night) While in Calgary they were known as the Calgary Shades. The word Shades in the group's name referenced the fact that the band was interracial. Chong (later famous as one-half of comedy duo Cheech and Chong) is half Chinese. The other members were black, white, and Aboriginal. Taylor was of African-American, Puerto Rican, and Native American herit...
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