Eddie Taylor Tribute

Guitarist Eddie Taylor was among the architects of Chicago Blues. His beautiful guitar work masterfully transitioned his deep Mississippi country blues upbringing into a vibrant electric city sound. Eddie’s guitar attack was percussively enhanced by his stealth use of thumb and finger picks as well as his unstoppable spirit. He was the master of interweaving in the ensemble setting as well as holding down the bottom notes on the guitar, creating the support for artists like Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Sunnyland Slim and the array of other Chicago blues greats whom he was frequently called upon to perform with.  Also a fantastic singer, Eddie Taylor had a string of classic singles for Vee Jay Records during the 1950s and numerous albums after that.  He passed away on Christmas day of 1985 leaving us with a great legacy of lessons that will influence all future generations of blues musicians. With this photo page we honor the greatness of Eddie Taylor!


Eddie Taylor (Courtesy Rick Jones)

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Eddie Taylor, John lee Hooker, Big Walter Horton
American Folk Blues Festival Show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London – 1968
(Photo by Valerie Wilmer)

John Lee Hooker and Eddie Taylor, Paris, 1968. Photo Jean-Pierre Tahmazian.


Howlin’ Wolf, Vera Taylor, Eddie Taylor. Photo courtesy of Brenda Taylor Ricci.

Eddie Taylor. Photo courtesy of Illinois Slim.

Eddie Taylor advertisement poster at B&W Lounge. Eddie played there in the 1960s. Photo by Frank Scott.

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Eddie Taylor

Photo by Bill Greensmith

Shorty Gilbert, Sunnyland Slim, Eddie Shaw, Eddie Taylor.

Eddie Taylor and Roosevelt Sykes in the background.

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Eddie Taylor & Hubert Sumlin
(Photo by Watt Casey)

Photo of Eddie Taylor courtesy of Brenda Taylor.

Eddie Taylor with Willie Buckner in the background. Photo Mike Rowe.

Vera Taylor and husband Eddie Taylor. Photo courtesy Illinois Slim.

Eddie Taylor at Blues On Halsted, 1980. Photo courtesy of Steve Cushing who is playing drums in the background.

Eddie Taylor with Big Walter Horton in the background. Photo Mike Rowe.

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Eddie Taylor Sporting a Beautiful Suit & Performing at Blues Estafette in Holland – 1981


Mark Hummel and Eddie Taylor. Photo by Art Leberman.

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Eddie Taylor & Louis Myers
(Photo Courtesy of Wolf Records)

Eddie Taylor holding his youngest son, Milton. Photo Erik Lindahl.


Larry Taylor, Eddie Taylor, Dave Waldman at Mary’s Lounge. Photo by Erik Lindahl.

Eddie Taylor with Mark Hummel on harmonica at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival. Photo by Jerry Hausler.


Eddie Taylor with a Fender guitar and Hubert Sumlin with a bass at the Delta Fish Market.  Photo by David Herwaldt.

Illinois Slim and Eddie Taylor at the Delta Fish Market, early 1980s.

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The CD Cover for the Blind Pig Reissue of Eddie Taylor’s Live In Japan Album

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Eddie Taylor & Jimmy Reed at Antone’s in Austin, TX
(Photo by Nicholas Russe)


Eddie Taylor at the 1970 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival! Photo Jeff Todd Titon.

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Eddie Taylor & Big Walter Horton Performing at Alice’s Revisited in Chicago, IL – 1972
(Photo by Hasse Andréasson)

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Andrew “Blueblood” McMahon & Eddie Taylor in Chicago, IL – Mid 1970s
(Photo by Robert Pottinger, Courtesy of Tom Buckley)

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Eddie Taylor Performing at the NBBO Blues Festival in Holland – 1979

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Eddie Taylor Performing at the NBBO Blues Festival in Holland – 1979

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Eddie Taylor at the NBBO Blues Festival in Holland – 1979


Eddie Taylor, 1979, Netherlands. Photo Gerrit Robs.

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A Classic 45 Record by Eddie Taylor From 1956

Eddie Taylor’s classic 1950s Vee Jay recordings were reissued on the Charly label.

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Vintage Photo of Eddie Taylor – Mid 1950s
(Photo Courtesy of Scott Dirks)

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Eddie Taylor, Louis Myers, Dave Myers
(Photo Courtesy of Scott Dirks)

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Here is a great photo of Eddie Taylor and his wife Vera from Vera Taylor’s funeral program. Eddie was at all times a devoted husband and family man, and by the way, Vera was a dynamite vocalist. Eddie and Vera’s children carry on their father’s blues tradition.
(Photo Courtesy of Barrelhouse Bonni McKeown)


Eddie Taylor, unknown, Illinois Slim, Larry Taylor at BLUES On Halsted, Chicago.


Eddie Taylor & Little Johnny Jones! Both recorded great versions of the song “Big Town Playboy” written by Jones.


Jimmy Reed & Eddie Taylor


Eddie Taylor (who is pictured on the far right) was an integral part of the 1968 American Folk Blues Festival Tour which also included Big Walter Horton, Jimmy Reed, Big Joe Williams, T-Bone Walker, Curtis Jones, Jerome Arnold and J.C. Lewis.


Eddie Taylor with The Fabulous Thunderbirds at Antone’s Nightclub in Austin, Texas.

Photo by D. Shigley.


Eddie Taylor – Photo by Nanny Kajuiter


The Great Eddie Taylor

Eddie Taylor and Floyd Jones

Eddie Taylor and Big Walter Horton, London, 1968. Photo by Val Wilmer. 

Eddie Taylor and G.P. Jackson from the 1974 American Blues Legends Tour! Photo courtesy Brenda Taylor Ricci.

Eddie Taylor backstage. Photo courtesy Brenda Taylor Ricci.

Homesick James and Eddie Taylor backstage in Holland, early 1970s. Photo courtesy Brenda Taylor Ricci.

Vintage shot of Eddie Taylor.

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Eddie Taylor and Jimmy Reed. Photo Jean-Pierre Leloir.

Eddy Clearwater, Bonnie Lee, Sunnyland Slim, Eddie Taylor, Hayes Ware. Photo courtesy of Jillina Pope-Arrigo.

Steve Cushing, Eddie Taylor and Little Willie Anderson. 

Eddie Taylor – Photo by Frank Scott

Eddie Taylor and his son Milton. Photo by David Herwaldt, courtesy Illinois Slim.

Eddie Taylor illustration by Fred Carlson.

Eddie Taylor’s Mississippi Blues Trail Marker! Photo courtesy Detroit James.

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2 thoughts on “Eddie Taylor Tribute

  1. Wish Blues artist bio’s would include their guitars and amps! It just never happens.

    You can see that Eddie Taylor played a beautiful early 1950’s full bodied Gibson ES-5 (see second to last photo) that I feel gave him that “boogie bass” sound for his sideman work with Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker et al. Not sure about amps, but probably an early 1950’s Fender amp might have been his choice?

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