Throwback: Gary Taylor-Blind To It All

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Gary Taylor is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who started his career in the late ’70’s by writing songs for a musical comedy. His debut as a recording artist came about in 1983 when GT was released on the A&M label. “Just What I Have In Mind,” “This Time,” “Special” and “Don’t Fight It” made him popular with soul fans in the UK. A reputation as a good songwriter began in 1982 when Marlena Shaw became the first person to record one of his songs, “Without You In My Life” for her Let Me In Your Life album. For most of the ’80’s he wrote and produced for Anita Baker, Vesta Williams, The Whispers, Grover Washington, The Controllers, Beau Williams, The Dazz Band and Carl Anderson. Compassion broke his silence as a solo performer upon its release in 1987. Take Control followed in 1991 and “Blind To It All” is from his 1993 album Square One. The Mood Of Midnight was released in 1995 and it delivered the memorable “In Search Of” and the title track.“Erotica” and “Flirting With An Angel” were favored tracks from 1998’s Love Dance. Under The Nightlight was released in 2001 and “The Nightlife” was one of Taylor’s tracks to be heard on radio. “Woman Of Color” is from his 2003 album Eclectic Bohemian. Taylor’s last release is 2006’s Retro Blackness that has the uptempo “My Blackness” and an appearance from The Whispers on “W.O.C. (Restated).” Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, A Tribe Called Quest, Jennifer Holiday and Chico DeBarge have all recorded songs by Gary Taylor.