R. Dean Taylor

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R. Dean Taylor

Canadian singer, most famous as a recording artist, songwriter and record producer for Motown Records company during the 1960s and 1970s add

Category: Music

Born in 1939.

Countries: United States (57%), Canada (43%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Billboard Hot 100, The Temptations, Four Tops

Linked to: Motown, Billboard, Four Tops, The Supremes




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R. Dean Taylor was born in 1939 add something


He made his first recordings in 1961, for the Audiomaster record label add something


Taylor began his career in 1961, as a pianist and singer with several music bands in Toronto add something


In Detroit, Taylor was hired by Motown Records in 1964 as a songwriter and recording artist for the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. label add something


It was not until November 1965 that Taylor's debut V.I.P. single, "Let's Go Somewhere", was issued add something


Taylor was beginning to become a songwriter for other acts, as "I'll Turn to Stone" by the Four Tops, and "All I Need" by The Temptations were both charting US singles in 1967, co-composed by him add something


Taylor resumed his recording career in 1970, becoming one of the first artists assigned to Motown's new subsidiary Rare Earth, which was dedicated to Caucasian artists add something


It peaked in the United States at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and at No. 2 in the UK. "Gotta See Jane" was reissued in 1971, and became a Top 10 success in Canada add something


His 1972 single "Taos, New Mexico" did not do well on the Canadian charts add something


Taylor attempted a comeback during the early 1980s, after which he had a hiatus from the music industry add something