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Bobby Taylor Suffering From Throat Cancer

by VVN Music

Soul Tracks is reporting that R&B veteran Bobby Taylor is in the middle of treatment for throat cancer.

Taylor, 83, was born in Washington, DC and moved to New York to sing with doo-wop groups from the area and later moved to Columbus, OH to join the Four Pharaohs.

In the early-60's, while in San Francisco, he joined up with Tommy Melton, Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong), Wes Anderson, Bernie Snead and Floyd Snead (Three Dog Night) in the band Little Daddy and the Bachelors which mainly did Motown covers.

By the middle of the decade, they had changed their name to Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers and were discovered by Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard of the Supremes. Motown head Berry Gordy brought the group to Detroit and signed them to the Gordy label.  Their first single, Does Your Mama Know About Me (co-written by Chong) went to number 29 on the Hot 100 and 5 on the R&B singles in 1968.

Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers followed with two more charting songs, I Am Your Man (1968 / #85 Pop / #40 R&B) and Malinda (1968 / #48 Pop / #16 R&B) before breaking up.

It was also during this time that the group had a young family band, the Jackson 5, open one of their shows. Taylor took the group to the Motown offices where they impressed executives and were signed and Bobby co-produced their first album, Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.

Taylor went on to record eight solo singles along with a 1990 reunion album with the Vancouvers.