Greg "Fingers" Taylor
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Greg "Fingers" Taylor
Taylor performing at the 1996 Riverwalk Blues Festival
|Also known as||"Fingers"|
|Born||June 3, 1951|
Wichita, Kansas, United States
|Genres||Rock and roll, blues, country, Gulf and Western|
|Instruments||Vocals, harmonica, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Coral Reefer Band, Larry Rasberry and The Highsteppers, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Buffett, Doug Deming|
Greg Taylor was born in Wichita, Kansas, United States, where he attended Wichita North High School.
Taylor and Buffett met in 1970 when Taylor was a student at The University of Southern Mississippi. Soon after the two met, Taylor joined Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers. In 1974, Buffett called Taylor to ask him to join the first official Coral Reefer Band. Taylor continued to play in the band until May 13, 2000.
Taylor's nickname "Fingers" was given to him in 1969 by John "Johnny Rock" Buffaloe (so nicknamed by Taylor) during their time in The Buttermilk Blues Band in Jackson, Mississippi. At the time, Taylor played keyboards for the band, hence the nickname "Fingers." Taylor began playing harmonica during his time in the BBB.
Taylor has released five studio albums: Harpoon Man (1984), Chest Pains (1991), New Fingerprints (1992), Old Rock 'n' Roller (1996) and Hi Fi Baby (2003). He has also released two compilation albums: Greatest Hits (1998) and Back to the Blues (2000).
Over the years, Buffett has recorded a couple of Taylor's songs. "Big Rig" was included on Buffett's 1976 album Havana Daydreamin' and Taylor and Buffett co-wrote "Miss You So Badly" included on Buffett's 1977 album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band also included "Dixie Diner", originally recorded by Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers, on Buffett's 1978 live album You Had to Be There.
Buffett and Taylor also teamed up on "Some White People (Can Dance)," a staple of Taylor's repertoire. The song was included on Taylor's 1989 album Chest Pains.
In 1998, Greg appeared with A1A - The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show on their debut album, "A1A Live." Greg performed with A1A many times throughout the '90s and 2000s.
As of 2006[update], Taylor was regularly touring with singer-songwriter, K.D. Moore and has done some shows with the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jim Asbell, and also toured in 2007 with singer-songwriter Hugo Duarte from North Carolina. Taylor is featured on K.D. Moore's 2004 live album Live At The Tin Goose Saloon, Moore's 2006 studio album Kickin' It Island Style and was a guest artist on Asbell's 2007 studio release, Tropiholics.
- Harpoon Man (1984)
- Chest Pains (1989)
- New Fingerprints (1991)
- Old Rock 'n' Roller (1996)
- Greatest Hits (1998)
- Back to the Blues (2000)
- Hi Fi Baby (2003)
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