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Encyclopedia > Andy Taylor (guitarist)

Andy Taylor (born February 16, 1961) is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter, best known as a member of Duran Duran and The Power Station. He has also performed as a solo artist, and served as a record producer for several other artists. February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Duran Duran are an English rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... left to right: Robert Palmer, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, and Tony Thompson Power Station was a pop group made up of singer Robert Palmer, bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, and former CHIC drummer Tony Thompson; two other CHIC members, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...


He was born and raised in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, and attended Marden High School. He began playing guitar at the age of eleven, and was soon playing with local bands, even producing one at the age of sixteen. He dropped out of school early to tour England and Europe with several different bands, playing working men's clubs and air force bases. Cullercoats is an urban area of North East England, now absorbed into the Tyneside conurbation sits between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. ... Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in the North East of England around the mouths of the Rivers Tyne and Wear. ... Marden High School is a High School in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear. ...

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Duran Duran and Power Station

Taylor joined Duran Duran in 1980 (easily the most experienced musician in the band), and enjoyed their crazy rise to fame over the next five years. He married Tracey Wilson, one of Duran Duran's hairstylists, in 1982. The couple have four children. Taylor invested his royalties in real estate, and once owned a wine bar in Whitley Bay named "Rio" after one of Duran Duran's biggest hit singles. Whitley Bay is a town in North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England. ...


He grew dissatisfied with the band's keyboard-heavy synth pop, however, and longed to stretch out his rock muscles. During a hiatus in Duran's schedule, he joined forces with bassist John Taylor, Chic drummer Tony Thompson, and singer Robert Palmer to create the band The Power Station, which had three hit singles and played the Live Aid concert in 1985. The band was a distinct break from the New Romantic Duran Duran material as they pursued a hard-rock music style. Synth pop is a style of popular music in which the synthesizer is the dominant musical instrument. ... Taylors first solo recording was a hit single for the 9½ Weeks movie soundtrack. ... For other uses, see Chic. ... Tony Thompson (November 15, 1954 – November 12, 2003) was a session drummer with a long list of studio credits. ... For other persons of the same name, see Robert Palmer. ... left to right: Robert Palmer, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, and Tony Thompson Power Station was a pop group made up of singer Robert Palmer, bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, and former CHIC drummer Tony Thompson; two other CHIC members, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers were... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Taylor would later rejoin Power Station bandmates Palmer and Thompson for Palmer's first solo album since the band's formation. The resulting album, Riptide proved to be a massive success for Palmer. For other uses, see Riptide. ...


After The Power Station, Taylor allowed Duran Duran to believe he would be returning to record a new album, even as he was signing contracts for a solo career in Los Angeles. Another Capitol Records group, Missing Persons was disbanding at the same time, and Andy hired Terry Bozzio and Patrick O'Hearn to work with him. This caused ex-Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo to approach Duran Duran to fill Andy's position -- a vacancy no one in Duran Duran knew existed. Eventually Duran Duran sued Taylor to force him in to the studio to complete the album Notorious, but he ended up playing on only a few tracks before departing the band completely. He later countersued to claim some of the royalties from that album. Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Terry John Bozzio (born December 27, 1950, San Francisco, California) is an American drummer. ... Patrick OHearn, as seen on the Rivers Gonna Rise (1988) album cover Patrick OHearn (b. ... Warren Bruce Cuccurullo (born December 8, 1956 in Brooklyn) is a rock and pop guitarist who has worked with Frank Zappa, Duran Duran, and Missing Persons. ... Notorious is the fourth album by Duran Duran. ...


In July 1986, Arcadia (Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran) released "The Flame", the final single from So Red The Rose. The accompanying music video featured a cameo by John Taylor coming out of a closet with a contract to sign. Fans have debated whether this was a thinly veiled dig at the situation with Andy at the time. Arcadia or Arkadía (Greek Αρκαδία; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is a region of Greece in the Peloponnesus. ... Simon John Charles Le Bon (born October 27, 1958) is the lead singer and lyricist of the pop/rock band Duran Duran. ... Roger Andrew Taylor (born April 26, 1960 in Castle Bromwich, England) is the drummer for the electronic pop/rock band Duran Duran. ... Nick Rhodes in 1981. ... So Red The Rose is the platinum-selling album by Arcadia, which was released in 1985 -- the only album the band ever released. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...


Solo career

In the meantime, Andy hooked up with ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and recorded the hit single "Take It Easy" (US #24), which was used as the theme song to the movie American Anthem. Ex-Missing Persons members Terry Bozzio and Patrick O'Hearn lent drums and bass, respectively, to the song and video. Two other songs by Taylor/Jones also appeared on the album: "Wings of Love" and the instrumental "Angel Eyes". Andy also contributed to the Miami Vice II soundtrack with the song "When The Rain Comes Down" (US #73). This was followed by his first solo album, Thunder (1987). O'Hearn again played bass for him on the album and during the following tour. The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Stephen Phillip Jones (b. ... American Anthem is a 1986 American film produced by Columbia Pictures and Lorimar Productions. ... Terry John Bozzio (born December 27, 1950, San Francisco, California) is an American drummer. ... Patrick OHearn, as seen on the Rivers Gonna Rise (1988) album cover Patrick OHearn (b. ... Thunder is the first solo album by British guitarist Andy Taylor, released in 1987. ...


Taylor also contributed a cover of "Dead on the Money" to the Tequila Sunrise soundtrack in 1988. Ironically, Taylor's former band Duran Duran would also allow one of their own songs, "Do You Believe In Shame?" to be included on the album. Tequila Sunrise is a 1988 movie written and directed by Oscar-winner Robert Towne. ... Do You Believe In Shame? is the 19th single by Duran Duran. ...


A second solo album, this one consisting of entirely cover versions, entitled Dangerous, was released in 1990. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Dangerous is a 1990 covers album by the British guitarist Andy Taylor, who is most famous for his work in the band Duran Duran. ...


Taylor played as a backing musician for several other stars, including Belinda Carlisle (on her single "Mad About You"), Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart and Thunder. He then moved on to producing full time, working with several moderately successful bands throughout the 1990s. A backing band or backup band is a band which accompanies an artist at a live performance or on a recording. ... Belinda Carlisle, born Belinda Jo Carlisle (also known as Belinda Kurczeski); on August 17, 1958 in Hollywood, California, is the lead vocalist and a founding member of the all-female rock & roll band The Go-Gos and also a successful solo artist. ... For other persons of the same name, see Robert Palmer. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is an English singer and songwriter born and raised in London. ... Thunder are an English hard rock band, who originally formed in 1989 when Terraplane broke up, leaving lead singer Danny Bowes and guitarist/main songwriter Luke Morley to form a new band, namely Thunder. ...


Reunions

Taylor participated in the 1997 reunion of The Power Station, and in 2001 reunited with the other original members of Duran Duran to record their first new music together since 1985. Their ensuing album, Astronaut, featured a blend of Taylor's heavy guitar with the synth hooks of the classic Duran Duran sound. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Astronaut is an album by British band Duran Duran, first released on October 11, 2004 (see 2004 in music). ...


In 2006, Taylor again parted ways with Duran Duran, leaving the band a second time. Rumours have circulated that the reason for Taylor's departure lie in the rest of the band's decision to use American record producer Timbaland and to allow Timbaland and Justin Timberlake to write a song for the band. More recently, Taylor strongly hinted in his MySpace blogs that Duran Duran's management company, Magus Entertainment, were partly responsible for his departure. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Duran Duran are an English rock band notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Timothy Z. Mosley (born March 10, 1971), better known as Timbaland, is an American musical composer and R&B record producer and rapper whose style influenced both genres even helping to blur the distinction between the two, as well as Pop and Dance music. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ...


Taylor has since opened an official website to showcase new music from his own recording studio in Ibiza. Ibiza (Catalan: Eivissa) is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to Spain. ...


Discography

With Duran Duran

With Power Station Duran Duran is an album by Duran Duran, originally released worldwide in 1981, and reissued to greater success in 1983. ... Rio is an album by Duran Duran, originally released worldwide on May 10, 1982, but re-released in November in the United States. ... Seven and the Ragged Tiger is Duran Durans third studio album, released globally in November, 1983. ... Arena is a live album by Duran Duran, originally released worldwide in 1984 (see 1984 in music), and reissued with two bonus tracks in 2004, (see 2004 in music). ... Astronaut is an album by British band Duran Duran, first released on October 11, 2004 (see 2004 in music). ...

Solo The Power Station is the debut album by Power Station. ... Living In Fear is the second album from the supergroup The Power Station, released in 1997. ...

Solo Singles Thunder is the first solo album by British guitarist Andy Taylor, released in 1987. ... Dangerous is a 1990 covers album by the British guitarist Andy Taylor, who is most famous for his work in the band Duran Duran. ... The Spanish Sessions is a 4-track EP independently released in 1999 by Andy Taylor and Luke Morley. ...

  • "Take It Easy"
  • "When The Rain Comes Down"
  • "I Might Lie"
  • "Don't Let Me Die Young"
  • "Life Goes On" (Promo)
  • "Dead On The Money" (Promo)
  • "Lola"
  • "Stone Cold Sober"

See also

This is a list of noteworthy bands and musicians from the North East of England. ...

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