Johnnie Taylor, 62, a soul legend whose 1976 "Disco...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 04, 2000

Johnnie Taylor, 62, a soul legend whose 1976 "Disco Lady" was a hit on the dance floor and on the pop charts, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday in Dallas. The Crawfordsville, Ark., native was nicknamed the "Philosopher of Soul" by Memphis' Stax Records. Mr. Taylor was a protege of Sam Cooke and took over the Soul Stirrers after Cooke left gospel for rhythm and blues in the 1950s. In 1968, he scored his first No. 1 on the R&B charts with "Who's Making Love," followed by other hits.

Mary Langston, 78, who for years cooked Elvis Presley's peanut butter and banana sandwiches, died of complications from a stroke Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Langston cooked for Presley for 14 years and for his family for 12 years after he died in 1977. In 1984, under her maiden name, Jenkins, she wrote a book about her experiences with Elvis called "Memories Beyond Graceland Gates."

In it, she said the singer returned from a 1972 tour and told her about a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich he had eaten while on the road. Mrs. Langston said it took her three tries to get the sandwich to his satisfaction.

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