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Interview with the Taylor Brothers, September 12, 1999

 File — Bag: \folklife\prj1014\, Folder: 067_taylor-brothers
Collection number: PRJ1014-067

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with the Taylor Brothers: Clarence Taylor, CJ Taylor, Willie Taylor and Junior Taylor, September 12, 1999. Blackshear (Ga.). Fieldworker: Laurie Sommers. Audio file digitized from DAT tape(s). Part of the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.

Interview with the Taylor Brothers, home of Junior Taylor 9-12-99. Originally taped for the Okefenokee Music Survey, on Junior Taylor’s front porch, various brothers listening in Clarence Taylor did a lot of the talking about music CJ Taylor, Willie Taylor, Junior Taylor.


  • September 12, 1999


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Biographical Note

Hailing from tiny Blackshear, Georgia, in the late 1940s, the Taylor Brothers sang in Southern churches and high school auditoriums for more than 30 years, taking their down-home brand of country gospel anywhere and everywhere. Led by C.J. Taylor Will, the group never quite broke though into gospel’s upper echelons, despite a string of stellar laid-back 45s for the eclectic Nashboro label from 1964 to 1967. The closest they came to a hit is this 45, “Mother’s Advice,” from 1965. “Mother’s Advice” has everything that makes a great gospel song – C.J.’s raspy, soulful lead voice, close-knit sibling harmonies and their distinctive loping country-gospel beat. Source


454 Megabytes (1 electronic record(s) and derivatives. 1 audio file (wav, mp3) 2103303546 bytes. 01:31:17. 2 PDF documents (32 scans, jp2). 2.52 GB (2,711,644,608 bytes).)


From the Collection: English

Tape Log

id: DAT-1002.03

item_title: Taylor Brothers interview

call_number: PRJ-1002



informant_name: "Clarence Taylor, Willie B. Taylor, C.J. Taylor,"

fieldworker: Laurie Kay Sommers

recording_engineer: Laurie Kay Sommers

date: 12-Sep-99

recording_location: "Blackshear, home of Junior Taylor"

content_summary: Interview at home of Junior Taylor regarding the Taylor Brothers experiences in gospel music and turpentining. Taylor Brothers were a group that was on the Nashboro Label in late 1960s. Clarence does most of talking but other brothers are present and chime in occasionally.


technical_summary: Recorded outside on porch.

genre: "gospel music, personal experience narrative, naval stores, occupational folklife, turpentine"


people: "Clarence Taylor, Willie B. Taylor, C. J. Taylor, Junior Taylor"

groups: African American

Processing Information

PRJ1014-067, DAT-1002.03

Brother's CJ and Junior interviewed again in 2002.


Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)