Lift Every Voice
September 19, 1929 - June 4, 2003
Welcome to the Shooby Taylor consortium.
› 07/20/07 - Shooby Taylor t-shirts available soon!
› 06/16/06 - Shooby Misunderstood: Legal release of Shooby Taylor delayed by record industry execs. Read more...
› 08/11/05 - Licenses being negotiated. Read more...
› 01/19/05 - Shooby's master reels are intact. William Taylor, Jr. has been holding his father's original recordings. They've been handed off to Irwin Chusid who, in January 2005, transfered them with the help of Innova Records/Composers Forum.
› Clip of Shooby Taylor (aka William H. Taylor) performing at Amateur Night at the Apollo, sometime in 1983. Bittersweet.
› 09/09/03 - News of Shooby's passing.
› 08/28/02 - Shooby Taylor radio interview on WFMU (Scroll down to the 2:05:01 mark, where the show starts). Shooby Taylor joined Ken Freedman and Irwin Chusid as an honorary guest on WFMU. Listeners can hear several tracks never heard before, including Shooby riffing with Dexter Gordon, Babs Gonzales, and Miles Davis. Included in the hour long show is a discussion with Shooby about his history as a scat musician, as well as several excited calls from fans.
› What is available?
› Lyrics page gradually being updated.
› The Beginning of The End of the Search for Shooby Taylor
"I can't tell you what it sounds like. But with most first-time Shooby listeners this is what happens: The eyes glaze, the mouth frowns, then around a minute into one of his songs laughter spews." - Bat Guano
For more detailed information, including interviews and photos over the last year of Shooby's re-discovery, see "Meetings with the Legendary Scat Man" by Irwin Chusid
Another fascinating project by Irwin Chusid: "Songs in the Key of Z"
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