February 16, 1934 - October 2, 1987
Born Austin Taylor in Okmulgee in 1934, blues inductee Ted Taylor got his musical start singing spiritual locally. He performed in a number of gospel music groups, including the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Zion Travelers, the Spiritual Five and the Chosen Gospel Group.
Taylor first entered the studio as a member of the Cadets and Jacks, a Los Angeles R&B vocal group with two names that recorded for Modern. Taylor’s reputation and popularity escalated following his death. He was internationally known, and several of his albums were recorded on disc. He is particularly remembered for his stratospherically high-pitched voice, displayed on “Be Ever Wonderful.” Taylor died in 1987 in an auto accident in Lake Charles, Louisiana.