When JT Taylor joined Kool
& the Gang, it was a step up from his former job as an amateur
nightclub singer from New Jersey. Taylor was also no stranger to Kool & the Gang's music.
Together they released the album "Ladies'
Night." Taylor's creamy voice gave the album popularity, the
singles "Too Hot" and "Ladies' Night" reaching
gold and platinum status. The group's change to a pop sound was raised
by producer Eumir Deodato, who, starting with Ladies'
the group's next four platinum and gold albums, between 1979 and 1982.
With the help of Deodato, the group's next album,
"Celebrate," became one of the biggest hits of their career.
Kool & the Gang
separated amicably from their producer in 1983 and decided to create
their own recordings in-house. The 1983 album "In the Heart"
was produced by Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell), Kool & the Gang
and engineer Jim Bonnefond, but in all following albums, Khalis Bayyan
became the group's secret production weapon. From the mid-1980s until
the early 1990s Khalis Bayyan kept the sound established. However, rock
guitars began to replace horns, and their sound was transformed under
the power of digital technology. Bayyan called his production set-up
the IBMC or Itty Bitty MIDI Committee, using MIDI computer
synthesizers and mixers.
In the 1980s, Bayyan produced the double-platinum
and the gold "Forever."
The biggest change of the 1980s, however, came with
the departure of lead singer JT Taylor. The vocalist, who left in
1988, reportedly departed amicably with plans to make a solo album.
The gang replaced Taylor with singers/instrumentalists Sonnie
"Skip" Martin and Odeen Mays, Jr. They released two studio
albums, "Sweat" (1989) and "Unite"
released three solo albums, produced by Khalis Bayyan and JT Taylor
himself. There was big news in the summer of 1995, Taylor returned to
the band and they released a new album, "State
The reunion tour with Kool and the Gang
started in 1995 and ended in
March 1999. Since that time JT has never stopped performing. He put
together his own band and has been touring throughout the United
States and around the World.
J.T. Taylor now performs all the hit songs he sang
with Kool & the Gang including:
- Get Down on It
- Ladies Night
- Too Hot
- All I Want Is Forever
- Heart to Heart
- Long Hot Summer Night
- Baby I'm Back
may be available for your next special event!
..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in New Jersey
Aug 16, 1953
Based: ..in New York