Lewis Taylor

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Lewis Taylor
Birth nameAndrew Lewis Taylor
Also known asAndrew Taylor, Andy Taylor, Sheriff Jack
Born (1966-01-20) 20 January 1966 (age 53)
London, England
GenresNeo soul, psychedelia
InstrumentsVoice
Guitar
Bass Piano
LabelsSlow Reality

Andrew Lewis Taylor (born 20 January 1966) is a British multi-instrumentalist musician, born and raised in Barnet, North London, England, in the late 1960s. He started in the music business as a guitarist touring with the psychedelic rock band Edgar Broughton Band.[1] In 1986 he began performing as Sheriff Jack, releasing two albums of psychedelia music, Laugh Yourself Awake (1986) and What Lovely Melodies! (1987). As Lewis Taylor, he released his self-titled album in 1996, through Island Records, with tracks including "Bittersweet" and "Lucky" being released as singles. The album showcased a significant departure from psychedelia towards neo soul and was highly acclaimed.[2] However, Lewis Taylor became "an album that everybody talked about but few bought".[3]

Taylor released his album Stoned, Part I in 2002 on his own label named Slow Reality, and followed it up in 2004 with a sequel, Stoned, Part II.[4] Robbie Williams covered "Lovelight" from Stoned, Part 1 on his 2006 album, Rudebox.

In June 2006, Lewis Taylor retired from music.[5] As Andrew Taylor, he had since been musical director and bass player for Gnarls Barkley, and guitarist/backing vocalist for the Edgar Broughton Band [6] and The Drivers.[7] In 2016, Caroline Records re-issued his debut album on CD with a bonus disc comprising the b-sides, Lucky remixes and extended version of "Bittersweet".

Discography[edit]

List of albums [8]
Year Title Label
1996 Lewis Taylor Island Records
2000 Lewis II Island Records
2002 Limited Edition 2002 Slow Reality
2002 Stoned, Part I Slow Reality
2004 The Lost Album Slow Reality
2004 Stoned, Part II Slow Reality
2004 Limited Edition 2004 Slow Reality
2005 Stoned Hacktone Records
2016 Lewis Taylor (Expanded Re-issue) Caroline International Music

Singles/EPs

  • 1996 : "Lucky"
  • 1996 : "Whoever"
  • 1997 : "Bittersweet"
  • 1997 : "Lucky" (reissue)
  • 1997 : "Lucky" (Kruder & Dorfmeister Mixes)
  • 1997 : "Bittersweet" (12")
  • 1997 : "Bittersweet" (Lucas's Mixes 12")
  • 2004 : Reconsider - The 'Stoned Part II' EP (12")
  • 2005 : In Session 2005 (digital only release)
  • 2005 : Stoned Instrumentals (CDr, Promo, EP)
  • 2006 : Stoned Live (Hacktone 3-track promo-only EP)
  • 2006 : Hide Your Heart Away (CD, EP, Promo)[8]

Soundtracks and miscellaneous appearances

  • 1998 : Mojo soundtrack (tracks Crazy Crazy Momma, "Don't Make Me Wait", both credited as Little Lewis)
  • 1998 : Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels soundtrack (track "18 With A Bullet") duet with Carleen Anderson
  • 1998 : Lullabies With a Difference (track "Cherry Blossom")
  • 1999 : Ophelie Winter - Privacy (tracks Move On, "Lovin' You More")
  • 2000 : Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) soundtrack (track "Blue Eyes")
  • 2004 : The Trip Created By Tom Middleton (track "Lovelight") [9]
  • 2006 : Live At The World Cafe Volume 22: Catch 22 (track "Stoned Pt. 1") [10]
  • 2010 : The Last Holiday soundtrack (track "Back Together")
  • 2011 : Deborah Bond - Madam Palindrome (track "If I Didn't Need You") duet with Deborah Bond
  • 2012 : The Vicar - Songbook #1 (tracks "The Girl With the Sunshine in Her Eyes" and "That Boy's Not Cool")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lewis Taylor - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  2. ^ "BBC Review". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ Easlea, Daryl. "BBC - Music - Review of Lewis Taylor - Lewis Taylor". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Lewis Taylor". Open.spotify.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Rockpalast". 1.wdr.de. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  7. ^ "The Drivers". Feenstra.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Lewis Taylor". Discogs.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Tom Middleton - The Trip Created By Tom Middleton". Discogs.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Various - Live At The World Cafe Volume 22: Catch 22". Discogs.com. Retrieved 12 May 2019.