Larry Taylor: Chicago West Side Blues Heritage


Larry Hill Taylor, legendary blues singer and drummer, is the oldest in the musical family of the late singer Vera Hill Taylor and master guitarist Eddie “Playboy” Taylor—VeeJay recording artist, Jimmy Reed's music partner, who powered Chicago blues with the boogie and "lump." 

Larry Lean Lookup MUG  Today Larry’s a legend in his own right. He faithfully carries his Mississippi-born parents' traditions. With his band, the Soul Blues Healers, he brings the rhythm and spirits of his West Side Chicago neighborhood--from Howlin' Wolf to James Brown. The music reaches all types of audiences and brings people together.







New Feature film "The Rhythm and the Blues" stars Leon as Eddie Taylor Sr. and Guy Davis as Jimmy Reed.  In Pan African Film and Art Fest in L.A. February 2024,  in a VIP Chicago showing March 4, 2024, and in NYC African Film Fest May 11, 2024.

Nola-Blue owner Sallie Bengtson with Larry Taylor after Taylor Fam plays Chicago Blues Fest 2023

Downtown at Millennium Park

The family of Eddie and Vera Taylor honored Eddie's100th birthday year by playing  on Rosa's Lounge Stage June 9 at the 2003 Chicago Blues Fest for the first time since 2008.

Taylor Fam CD in 2023: "Generations of Blues"

Top 20 on 2023 Year Blues Chart

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Move Too Soon at Lawndale Unity Park, Sept. 2023

A Wolf Howl in Veterans Peace Garden, Sept. 2023

Hush Hush!  Larry sings Jimmy Reed: Sept. 2021 Chicago Soul City Blues Fest  

Down Home Blues at GhanAgain Africa Fest at Austin-West Side town hall park,  Sept. 2023

Everything Gonna Be Alright,  3rd Unitarian Church Raspberry Fest, July 2023

All Your Love:  Larry gets Wisconsin folks dancing at 2021 Blues on Chippewa   

 “How Many More Years”  Neighborhood Blues for Peace, Hubbard Park July 2018  

“Messin with the Kid”  Larry, Eddie Taylor Jr. at BLUES on Halsted, July 2018  

"Stone Crazy" and "Spider in my Stew"  at Hard Rock Casino, Gary Ind March 2023 

Larry Howls at Linda's Lounge: with the late Killer Ray's band 2015

Larry's CAN-TV INTERVIEW 2019: West Side Blues history



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