Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, England
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Guitarist for Duran Duran
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Andy Taylor (born 16 February 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.
He was born and raised in Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, North East England, 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.
Taylor joined Duran Duran in 1980 (easily the most experienced musician in the band), and enjoyed their 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.
In the mid eighties Taylor 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.
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.
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.
Andy Taylor married his long-time girlfriend, Tracey Wilson, in 1982. They have four children, Andrew James, born August 20, 1984; Georgina, born August 12, 1987; Bethany, born in September 1991; and Isabel, born in May 1996.
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Marden High School
Andrew Arthur "Andy" Taylor (born 16 February 1961, Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, England) is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as a former member of both Duran Duran and The Power Station.
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Anne Taylor, Lynette Taylor
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Rock, new wave
EMI Records, MCA Records, A&M Records, Sony Music
Duran Duran, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, The Almighty, Thunder, Mark Shaw, Love and Money, Paul Rodgers, C. C. Catch
The Power Station
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Married||Andy Taylor and Tracey Wilson have been married since 29th Jul 1982.|||