Spartanburg SC – 2/1/2023 – Pirate Records & DK Records are thrilled to announce that Todd Taylor’s version of “Johnny Be Goode” hits Number 1 for the month of February on the CASHBOX singles charts. “Johnny Be Goode” is available on all major streaming platforms.
“Johnny Be Goode” showcases Todd’s legendary talent within the first minute. Todd’s “burning red hot” banjo playing allows each banjo break to become increasingly better as the song and video unfolds. Todd’s banjo shredding is phenomenal and mimics the ringing of a bell. As soon as he starts singing his own rendition of the Chuck Berry’s classic, his vocals shine. Watching Todd’s gifted singing and playing interplay can only be described as amazing.
The music video for “Johnny Be Goode” is set in Todd’s hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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About Todd Taylor
Todd “Banjoman” Taylor first fell in love with the banjo at just six years old. While on a family trip to Walt Disney World, Todd’s parents, James and Nancy, realized he had wandered off. After a frantic search they found Todd on a steamboat ride — mesmerized by the music of the banjo performer. His mom finally gave in to his pleadings and purchased his first banjo from a JCPenny catalog the following Christmas. Since then, Todd has enjoyed a music career spanning three decades.
As a teenager and young adult, Todd appeared at the Grand Ole Opry with music legends Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe, and TV shows like Regis and Kathy Lee, Jerry Lewis telethon and many more. Todd may be best known for using his unique style to elevate the banjo from the confines of bluegrass to build a bridge into all genres of music, especially rock ‘n’ roll. He was the first solo banjo musician to take the banjo as a solo instrument to the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 internationally-syndicated radio program in the 1980’s for his groundbreaking arrangement and performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird.”
Although Todd has donated his time to various worthwhile charities during his career, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has a special place in his heart. In his twenties, Todd became increasingly ill and almost lost his life. Extensive testing revealed he had inherited a mitochondrial disease from his mother, and despite his doctor’s prognosis, Todd was determined to recover. He performed on the MDA telethon with Jerry Lewis on more than one occasion; increasing awareness of the disease and helping to raise funds for the organization’s tireless efforts.
In 2007, Todd was the first to set the Guinness World Record for Fastest Banjo by performing both parts of “Dueling Banjos” at a mind-blowing 210 beats per minute! He dedicated his record to everyone fighting to overcome a disease or obstacle in their life, and continues to encourage the power of a positive attitude to those who may be struggling. 2011 produced Todd’s rock ‘n’ blues tablature book, Pickin’ Over the Speed Limit, and a feature in the docu- mentary Breaking and Entering, highlighting his Guinness World Record achievement.
But the pinnacle of his career came in 2012 when Governor Nikki Haley presented Todd with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in South Carolina, for his inspiring personal example and musical contribution to his home state. In 2018, South Carolina recognized Wednesday March 14th, 2018 and the second Tuesday in March of each year thereafter as “South Carolina Banjo Day” in honor of Todd “Banjoman” Taylor’s musical contributions to the state of South Carolina.
Todd says, “My life has been blessed in so many ways, and I have no plans to stop sharing the gift God has given me.”