I haven't posted any soul music for a while, and there is no better way of putting that right than with a bit of Johnnie Taylor. Looking at the quality of his output over nearly 40 years there is definitely a case for saying he may be the greatest soul singer of all. Best known for his time with Stax from 1966 to 1974, he continued to make great records long after that, particularly with Malaco for whom he recorded from the mid 1980s up to his death in 2000.
Here are four cracking tracks, one from each decade of his recording career and two each from Stax and Malaco:
"Love Bones" (from "The Johnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues", 1969)
"Party Life" (from "One Step Beyond", 1971)
"Happy" (from "Lover Boy", 1987)
"Walk Away With Me" (from "Good Love!", 1996)
And here is the great man in action in 1976. Look at those threads!