Taylor


According to their bass player/guitarist Rick White, Taylor was a band with a fair bit of talent that was not put to a lot of use. But their relaxed approach didn’t entirely impede them. The calibre of the musicians saw Taylor score a record deal just months after coming together in 1971 and there were successful residencies and university tours before they called it a day in 1973.

Writing their own material, Taylor at the time described their music as “happy rock with a sort of country influence”. Their self-titled solitary album was certainly a product of its time and slots easily alongside other country-rock fare of the time such as Rick Nelson And The Stone Canyon Band’s Garden Party.

Taylor plays Porirua's new discotheque, Hacienda, late 1972. 
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Taylor. From left to right: Rick White, Keith Norris, Clinton Brown, Steve McDonald.
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Taylor in Auckland paper 8 O'Clock, 10 June 1972.
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Taylor live.
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Taylor - Hard Life (Polydor, 1971)
Taylor in Wellington's Sports Post, October 1971.
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Taylor, 1971.
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Taylor, Holden amps flyer, late 1972. 
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Kevin Bayley, Taylor.
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Taylor, 1973. From left: Keith Norris, Clinton Brown, Rick White, Kevin Bayley, Steve McDonald (front right). 
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Taylor briefly called itself Rockinghorse before finding out a UK band was using the name. It would come in handy later. 
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Taylor article by Louise Warren.
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The 1972 album by Taylor, designed by Kevin Dunkley. 
Taylor: bio from the Brian Edwards Travelling Roadshow revue, December 1972.
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Brian Edwards Travelling Road Show, a variety revue which toured in summer 1972-73. Among the cast were the band Taylor, Paul Holmes, and Jenny Parkinson. Also involved were Roger Hall, Dave Smith, and Michael Noonan. 
Taylor, clockwise from top: Kevin Bayley, Rick White, Keith Norris, Steve McDonald, and Clinton Brown. 
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Taylor - Holden amps advertisement.
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Rick White in Taylor.
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Taylor. From left to right: Rick White, Keith Norris, Clinton Brown, Steve McDonald.
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Taylor - Simpson's World (Polydor, 1971)
Taylor
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Taylor. From left to right: Rick White, Keith Norris (drums), Clinton Brown, Steve McDonald.
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Taylor. Clockwise from top left: Clinton Brown, Kevin Bayley, Rick White, Keith Norris, Steve McDonald. 
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Polydor

Members:

Rick White - bass, rhythm guitar

Clinton Brown - bass, rhythm guitar

Keith Norris - drums

Kevin Bayley - vocals, lead guitar

Steve McDonald - vocals, keyboards

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