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There is more than one artist with this name:
1) an Irish rock and blues band formed in 1966 that featured talented guitarist Rory Gallagher
2) an Australian classic-style rock band based in Melbourne
3) a British Christian rock outfit
4) an independent Japanese musician
5) a Swedish AOR band

1) Taste was formed in Cork, Ireland in August 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitars & vocals, Eric Kitteringham on bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In their early years Taste played around the UK before becoming regulars at Maritine Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1968 the original lineup split. The new lineup formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums.

The new Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor. In 1969 Taste released their first two studio recordings, the self-titled ‘Taste’ first with ‘On The Boards’ soon following, the latter showing Rory and the band’s jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks. In November 1968 the band opened for Cream at Cream’s farewell concerts in London. Taste then began touring the United States and Canada opening for Eric Clapton and Ginger Bakers new band Blind Faith.

Perhaps their most notable performance came in 1970 as part of the Isle of Wight Festival, joining such notable musicians as Jimi Hendrix and The Who. They were well-received by those in attendance, ultimately being called back for five encores.

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