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James “J.T.” Taylor

Biography

The lead singer for Kool & the Gang from 1979 to 1988, James “J.T.” Taylor presided on the group’s industrial — otherwise artistic — top of the first to middle-’80s, later shifting to a single career. Delivered August 16, 1953, Taylor became a member of Kool & the Gang at a spot once the pioneering funk music group was starting to reduce vapor amidst the rise of disco. Five years after their last strike, the group enlisted both manufacturer Eumir Deodato and Taylor and re-entered the very best Ten in 1979 using the decidedly disco-slanted “Girls Evening,” a monitor which topped the R&B graphs. The following season, Kool & the Gang shipped its first number 1 hit for the pop graphs, “Special event.” Although TOP placements were regular from 1982 through 1987, Taylor still left the music group for a single profession in 1988, thanks a lot in large component towards the achievement. (One monument to his influence with Kool & the Gang would be that the group recruited three visitors to replace him — Neglect Martin, Gary Dark brown, and Odeen Mays.) After putting your signature on to Epic Information in 1988, Taylor present popular on his initial at-bat: a duet with Regina Belle known as “All I’D LIKE Can be Forever.” The theme tune towards the Gregory Hines film Touch, it reached number 2 for the R&B graphs, but was struggling to cross over towards the pop graphs. Taylor documented three albums for MCA through the early ’90s, failing woefully to trump the achievement of “All I’D LIKE Is usually Forever,” though “Very long Hot Summer Night time” managed to get towards the R&B Best 20 in 1991. Following a extended hiatus, he resurfaced in middle-2000 with COMPLETELY NEW Me.

Quick Facts


Full Name James "J.T." Taylor
Education Milton Academy
Nationality American
Spouse Starleana Young
Movies The Mambo Kings


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Come Dancing 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Mike & Mike 2013-2016 TV Series writer - 23 episodes
Office Christmas Party 2016 writer: "Joanna" - as James Taylor
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Trolls 2016 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Mr. Robot 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Game of Silence 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent 2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Nice Guys 2016 writer: "GET DOWN ON IT" - as James Taylor
The Simpsons 1994-2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Warren Taylor
American Crime Story 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ted 2 2015 writer: "Celebration"
Britain's Got Talent 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bis 2015 "Celebration"
Intresseklubben 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tammy 2014 writer: "Get Down on It" - as James Taylor
The Footy Show 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Harry Hill Movie 2013 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Dancing with the Stars 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kinect Sports: Season Two 2011 Video Game writer: "Get Down On It" - as james Taylor
The Power of Two 2011 Documentary writer: "Celebration" - as James Warren Taylor
Camping paradis 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cilada.com 2011 writer: "Celebration"
Parks and Recreation 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Endings 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dance Paradise 2010/II Video Game writer: "Celebration", "Ladies Night" - as J. Taylor
Eat Pray Love 2010 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
United States of Tara 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
EastEnders 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Peep Show 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Firm 2009 writer: "Celebration" - as James Warren Taylor
Funny People 2009 writer: "Joanna" - as James Taylor
America's Got Talent 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary 2009 Documentary writer: "Celebration" - as James Warren Taylor
17 Again 2009 writer: "Cherish" - as James Warren Taylor
Dancing on Ice 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beethoven's Big Break 2008 Video writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Everybody Hates Chris 2005-2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
American Swing 2008 Documentary writer: "Ladies Night" - as Taylor
What Happens in Vegas 2008 writer: "Get Down on It" - as James Taylor
Made of Honor 2008 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
This Christmas 2007 writer: "Get Down on It" - as James Taylor
Esti showder 2007 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Gilmore Girls 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Prête-moi ta main 2006 writer: "Take My Heart You Can Have It If You Want It" - as J. Taylor
30 Rock 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2004-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Gridiron Gang 2006 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Littleman 2006 writer: "Celebration" - as James Warren "J.T." Taylor
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Science of Sleep 2006 writer: "Steppin' Out" - as James W. Taylor
Bang Bang Orangutang 2005 writer: "Get Down on It" - as James Taylor
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shark Tale 2004 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
Cesko hledá SuperStar 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols! 2003-2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 2004 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1996-2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
GMTV 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution 2003 Video Game as James Taylor, "Ladies Night"
Pop Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Liquid Assets 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
View from the Top 2003 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game writer: "Summer Madness" - as A. Taylor
Undercover Brother 2002 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
24 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Just Can't Get Enough 2002 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
Abandon 2002 writer: "Get Down On It"
Bring It On 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Legally Blonde 2001 writer: "Get Down on It" - as James Taylor
Samantha Mumba and Aaron Carter in Concert 2001 TV Special writer: "Baby Come On Over"
Little Nicky 2000 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
The West Wing 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
The '70s 2000 TV Movie writer: "Celebration" - uncredited
The Hurricane 1999 writer: "Get Down on It" - as James Taylor
The Match 1999 writer: "Celebration" - as James Warren Taylor
Muppets from Space 1999 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
200 Cigarettes 1999 as James Taylor, "Ladies Night", "Get Down on It"
Ivory Tower 1998 writer: "Celebration" - as J. Taylor
The Wedding Singer 1998 writer: "Ladies Night" - as James Taylor
Good Burger 1997 as James Taylor, "Celebration"
Nothing to Lose 1997 writer: "Not Tonight Remix" - as James Taylor
Men in Black 1997 writer: "We Just Wanna Party with You" - as James Taylor
Out to Sea 1997 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
B*A*P*S 1997 writer: "Get Down On It" 1984 - as Taylor
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 writer: "It's Ladies Night At Chocolate City" - as J. Taylor
Sounds of the Eighties 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
MTV Star Trax 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nick of Time 1995 writer: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
The Nanny 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World 1995 Video lyrics: "Celebration" - as James Taylor / music: "Celebration" - as James Taylor
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1993 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
What's Up Doc? 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sjans 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Quantum Leap 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Punky Brewster 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Die Wicherts von nebenan 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jumpin' Jack Flash 1986 writer: "Misled" - as James Taylor
Ruthless People 1986 writer: "Dance Champion" - as James Taylor
Barrow Gang BC 1985 writer: "Cherish" - as James Taylor
Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike's Murder 1984 writer: "Get Down on It"
The Pirate Movie 1982 writer: "Stand Up and Sing"
Solid Gold 1982 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati 1981-1982 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Price Is Right 1981 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New American Bandstand 1965 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ringo Starr: Photographer 2015 Documentary short sound mixer
The Def, Dumb and the Blind 2009 Short sound editor

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mambo Kings 1992 Frankie Suarez - The Mambo Kings Band

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hangin' with the Homeboys 1991 stand-in

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Soul Train 1990-1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1990 TV Series Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 12th Annual American Music Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Saturday Night Live 1984 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1980-1981 TV Series Himself
Kids Are People, Too 1980 TV Series Himself
New York, New York 1980 TV Series Himself - Musician

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