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Brother Theotis Taylor
Brother Theotis Taylor
Mississippi Records
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Release Date
July 10, 2020


Press Release

Brother Theotis Taylor is a 92-year-old spiritual singer and piano player known throughout South Georgia and beyond for his powerful voice and heavenly falsetto. His music took him from his home in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to the stage with Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, to Harlem’s Apollo, and even to Carnegie Hall. Black vinyl LP with gold-foil embossed jacket, and 8-page full sized booklet with extensive liner notes and photographs courtesy of Brother Taylor and his family. Though his releases are limited to six stunning and rare singles on the Pitch label and a single small-press LP, his recorded archive is vast. For much of his life, Brother Taylor kept a reel-to-reel recorder atop his piano at home. Brother Taylor recorded himself on this DIY home setup only when he was inspired by a higher power, often fasting and praying for days before recording. These intimate home recordings were digitized in 2020 and are being heard for the first time with this release.

Track List

  1. Somebody’s Gone (3:20)
  2. I Have A Friend (3:13)
  3. Thank You For The Sunshine (3:55)
  4. Stand By Me (3:07)
  5. Let Nothing Separate Me (2:23)
  6. If I Could Just Hold Out Until Tomorrow (4:33)
  7. Burden Away (6:53)
  8. Swing Low (4:34)
  1. 1 Somebody’s Gone 0:30
  2. 2 I Have A Friend 0:30
  3. 3 Thank You For The Sunshine 0:30
  4. 4 Stand By Me 0:30

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