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Patchogue fundraiser honors blues player

The newly established Sam Taylor Memorial Fund, named for the renowned blues player and singer-songwriter, will hold a fundraiser concert Sunday, Sept. 4, in Patchogue.

Taylor, who lived in Riverhead and was acclaimed as the “Bluzman” who wrote hit songs such as “Do It ’Til You’re Satisfied,” was inducted in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s inaugural class of 2006.

The concert will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at Bobbiques at 70 W. Main St. in Patchogue. Tickets are $10.

The concert will feature Frank Latorre, JPBlues, Kerry Kearney and Sweet Suzi. Taylor’s grandson will perform with the group LAW, and his daughter Sandra Taylor also will perform.

The memorial fund supports musicians through workshops and programs to educate them about music technology, business and marketing, according to a Hall of Fame release. The memorial fund also will support school music programs.

Taylor wrote hundreds of songs performed by artists such as Freddie King, Son Seals, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jay and the Americans, Joey Dee, Maxine Brown and Joe Tex. Taylor also was the bandleader/guitarist for Big Joe Turner, the Isley Bros., Tracy Nelson and Otis Redding, providing the iconic whistle at the end of Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” according to the hall.

Taylor died in 2009.

Above: Sam Taylor in 2006.

 

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