Soul music fans of my age are familiar with Johnnie Taylor (not to be confused with Little Johnny Taylor), “the philosopher of soul.” He was the artist who sang 1968′s chart-topping rhythm-and-blues smash “Who’s Making Love.” But far and away his biggest success was 1976′s across-the-board number one “Disco Lady,” the first single ever certified platinum (which at the time meant sales of over two-million copies). (Thanks to the All Music Guide entry on JT for refreshing my recollection.)
Not to be confused with the wonderful Johnnie Taylor (or Little Johnny Taylor) is the convicted mass murderer John Taylor who shot up the Wendy’s in New York City. This morning’s New York Post carries William Tucker’s irrefutable column on the wisdom of putting him to death: “Johnny Taylor should die.”
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