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!

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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)

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Eddie Taylor

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Eddie Taylor & Hubert Sumlin
(Photo by Watt Casey)

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

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

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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)

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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

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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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A Classic 45 Record by Eddie Taylor From 1956

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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)

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

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

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Jimmy Reed & Eddie Taylor

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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.

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

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The Great Eddie Taylor

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