R. Dean Taylor
(born Richard Dean Taylor
, 11 May 1939, Toronto
) is a Canadian singer
, most famous as a recording artist
and record producer
for Motown Records
company during the 1960s and 1970s. According to Jason Ankeny, Taylor "remains one of the most underrated acts ever to record under the Motown aegis."
Taylor began his career during 1961, as a pianist
with several music bands
. He also made his first recordings
during 1961, for the Audiomaster record label
. The next year, Taylor's "At The High School Dance", a single for Amy-Mala Records, was a minor success. His next album, "I'll Remember", with the Barry recording company, was a #23 scoring success for Toronto rock and roll radio station CHUM
, and the singer decided to relocate to Detroit
to further his career.
In Detroit, Taylor was hired by Motown Records during 1964 as a songwriter and recording artist for the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. company. Taylor's scheduled first single album (March 1964) for V.I.P. was the topical satire "My Ladybug (Stay Away From That Beatle)", but it was deemed too weak for release and was never issued.
It was not until November 1965 that Taylor's debut V.I.P. single, "Let's Go Somewhere", was issued. It was written by Taylor in conjunction with Brian Holland
, and produced by the team of... Read More