January 18, 2014 Earth, Wind & Fire songwriter Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor passes away
Earth, Wind & Fire are a unique blend of R&B, pop, funk, rock, jazz, disco, and gospel. Since their inception in 1971 the band has put out 7 top 10 Billboard charted albums and 7 top 10 singles. Their unique sound and style has given them the opportunity to reach a broad audience, crowning them one of the most successful bands of all-time. Through the years, a mainstay lineup of Maurice White, Verdine White, Philip Bailey, and Ralph Johnson, has featured an array of other talented musicians and songwriters.
One of Earth, Wind & Fire’s most important contributors, Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor has passed away in the dawn of 2014. Originally beginning his career as a guitarist with Cleveland, OH band S.O.U.L, Taylor began working with Earth, Wind & Fire as a songwriter in 1976, assisting on the Spirit album. Taylor’s addition paid off immediately for Earth, Wind & Fire with him co-writing the hit single “Getaway” which sold over 1 million copies. 5 years later he worked with the band once again on the Raise! (1981) album, writing the tracks “Lady Sun”, “You Are a Winner”, and “Changing Times”. It was also between the 1981 and 1982 Raise! touring cycle Taylor performed on stage with Earth, Wind & Fire, providing live vocals and percussion. Other songwriting credits to Taylor’s name with Earth, Wind & Fire include “Spread Your Love”, “Freedom of Choice”, and “Heart to Heart”.
Taylor was undoubtedly an extremely talented songwriter that helped enrich the music of many artists including Earth, Wind & Fire. Along with his songwriting credits, Taylor also wrote and recorded the memorable soul track “Get into your Life”. While Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor may not be a household name within the mainstream world of music, his passionate words and music will live on forever. R.I.P. Beloyd Taylor.
TerryPosted at 15:04h, 08 November
Dear B Lloyd , I will always love you and Rene I will forever miss you ! You are with the good lord and my brother J.T. And your mom .. I loved when you would call me and sing to me . B lloyd I remember what you told me ” I am not handicapped I am handicapable” I will always remember when you Rene and I spent time together in California singing boy we had fun I will treasure those memories !! To B Llloyds children God bless all of you your daddy was a great man !! He touched a lot of hearts . Farewell my friend till we meet again your sister in California
alvin mitchellPosted at 20:06h, 02 December
Wow! Just heard about Beloyd’s passing while looking at comments from a EWF video on Youtube. This is sad. RIP Beloyd. Love You EWF fan.
Paul Purter JrPosted at 22:22h, 10 February
Love Beloyd met him through Alfonse Mizel
Motown . Both great talents and good friends