Mississippi is known for its many blues musicians, and Eddie Taylor is one if these artists. Although he often found himself in Jimmy Reed’s shadow, he was a great guitar player. Eddie Taylor was born to Joseph Taylor and Mamie Gaston iJanuary 29, 1923. His mother and father separated when he was young, and Taylor had to stay home from school and work on his mother's farm in Benoit, Mississippi. In 1936 he got his first guitar and taught himself how to play it. His son, Eddie Taylor, Jr, said in a recent interview that his father was a natural guitar player.