Our latest offering brings us the musical stylings of Cordovoxist/Singer Shelly Taylor. Although somewhat of a mystery, Mr. Taylor seems to have been active in the nightclubs of Florida sometime during the last century. In this recording he is performing as a solo act, but there are references to him also recording albums with singers Leigh Rocke and Billy Glenn released by vanity/song-poem label owner Bob Quimby.
Side one of this recording is all instrumental with Mr. Taylor pulling out every Codovox trick in the book on standards such as Exodus, Blue Velvet, and Moon River. Side two brings Mr. Taylor’s pipes into the mix as he croons of love and Loneliness (the only Shelly Taylor original on the album)
All in all this is a fun little recording. Quirky, a little rough around the edges at times, but decidedly sincere performances from a man who is clearly passionate about what he does. Although I was not able to locate an obituary, this site for a (defunct?) web design company mentions that Mr. Taylor died unexpectedly in March of 1998. Have fun listening and as always, Enjoy!
Download all the mp3s and cover art in one 47 MB zip file.