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Singer Johnnie Taylor Dies at 62

June 1, 2000 GMT

DALLAS (AP) _ Johnnie Taylor, whose 1976 ``Disco Lady″ was a hit on the dance floor and in the pop charts, has died of an apparent heart attack. He was 62.

Authorities said Taylor was stricken at his home in suburban Duncanville and died Wednesday at Charleton Methodist Medical Center.

The Crawfordsville, Ark., native was nicknamed the ``Philosopher of Soul″ by Memphis’ Stax Records.

``I do love music because it’s always loved me,″ Taylor told The Dallas Morning News in 1999. ``It gives me a certain kind of feeling.

``The material I choose isn’t black music or white music,″ he said. ``It’s just music _ real, honest music.″

Taylor was a protege of Sam Cooke and took over the Soul Stirrers after Cooke left gospel for rhythm and blues in the 1950s.

In the mid-1960s, he decided to settle in Dallas after playing a show in the city. He lived there more than 30 years.

In 1968, Taylor scored his first number one on the R&B charts with ``Who’s Making Love,″ his first million-seller, followed by a steady run of other hits. When Stax went bankrupt in 1975, Taylor signed to Columbia Records and had his biggest commercial success with ``Disco Lady.″