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R. Dean Taylor

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R. Dean Taylor (b. 1939) is a Canadian songwriter, record producer, and singer.

Born Richard Dean Taylor on the 11th May 1939 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he began his career in 1961 as a pianist and singer with several bands in Toronto. He also made his first recordings in 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 single, “I’ll Remember”, on the Barry label, reached number twenty-three for Toronto rock -and-roll radio station CHUM, and the singer decided to relocate to Detroit, Michigan to further his career.

In Detroit, Taylor was hired by Motown Records in 1964 as a songwriter and recording artist for the Motown subsidiary V.I.P. label. Taylor’s scheduled first single (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 Holland and Lamont Dozier, who had already produced five number-one songs for The Supremes. However, the song was only a regional success, in several U.S. cities and Toronto.

Taylor’s next single (1967’s “There’s a Ghost in My House”) was written by the team of Holland–Dozier–Holland along with Taylor, and again produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. It was also a commercial disappointment in the U.S., but it reached number three in the U.K. in 1974. Taylor was also beginning to become a songwriter for other acts; for example “I’ll Turn to Stone” by the Four Tops and “All I Need” by The Temptations were both charting U.

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  • Gnomi7

    Hiya, just been watching the Indiana Wants Me video...that's my Dad doing the running! We used to watch this on video when we were little and thought that the feds were really after him!

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Fullmettall

    Muito maneiro!

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • seanyct5

    ghost in my house one of the better nothern soul tunes to dance too.

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • commissar001

    there's a ghost in my house!!!! i can't hide!!!!

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ska5446was

    lo mejor de lo mejor

    28 Jul 2009 Reply
  • X80sSkin

    R. Dean Taylor was truly underrated. A classic blue-eyed soul singer, Mototwn needs to reissue his work, here in the States -- then again, there's so much material and artists that Motown is just sitting on.

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • manimouse

    an amazing tune

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • marinaftw

    Totally underrated.

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    A truly great Northern Soul artist

    9 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    He left the biz in 1982 or 1983. He's probably living on royalties (Love Child etc).

    22 Jun 2006 Reply