Matt Taylor (musician)
|Birth name||Matthew Tayor|
|Instruments||Vocals, harmonica, guitar|
Matthew "Matt" Taylor (born 1948) is an Australian blues musician. He is best known for his work with long-lasting blues band Chain and for the hit song "I Remember When I Was Young".
Taylor began listening to blues records in high school, and taught himself the guitar and harmonica. In February 1966 he joined the Bay City Union, one of Australia’s first electric blues bands. They moved to Melbourne in December 1966 and achieved some success playing in dance halls and clubs. They recorded a single "Mo’reen" and "Mary Mary" released on the Festival label in 1968. Among the other members of this band was Glenn Wheatley, who was also their manager.
The Bay City Union broke up in May 1968. Taylor joined the Wild Cherries in October 1968, but left the following month. During 1969 and 1970, he played with progressive heavy rock / blues bands Horse and Genesis (not the UK prog band of the same name).
From September 1970 to October 1971, Taylor was the front-man for the blues band Chain, which had a hit single ("Black and Blue") and album ("Toward the Blues") during this period. He then quit the music industry and went to live on a commune led by Fred and Mary Robinson at Beechworth.
In 1973 he returned to the music scene as a solo artist, releasing three albums over the next three years, and scoring a major hit with the single "I Remember When I Was Young". He was one of the first artists to record for Mushroom Records, and was managed by Michael Gudinski.
He moved to Balingup, Western Australia, in 1975, to re-join the Robinsons in a new commune, but was eventually expelled after serious disagreements emerged. He then formed a new band, Western Flyer, with a more country-flavoured sound. Western Flyer produced two albums and had some success between 1977 and 1979.
Taylor has played with a wide range of Australian artists, including: Phil Manning, Dave Hole, Lucky Oceans, Broderick Smith,Jeff Lang,Chris Finnen, Lobby Loyde and Greg Lawrie. He has supported major American blues artists like B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins.
Albert Collins said of him: "You play the blues, but it’s like no other blues I’ve ever heard in my life".
In May 2010 Taylor was inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame. Matt Taylor CD's, Toward the Blues,Straight as a Die,Music,Old New and Intuitive,Western Flyer,Live to Survive,OzBlues,Child of the Street,Always Land on your Feet,Australian Rhythm and Blues,Blue Metal,Walls to McGoo,Awakening,Chain First 30 Years,Mix up the Oils,Sweet Honey,From the Wilderness.
- Burrows, Toby, and Phil Riseborough, I Remember When I Was Young: the Matt Taylor Story. (Nedlands, W.A.: The Hilliard Press, 2009), p. 220. ISBN 978-1-4092-9421-4
- Burrows, Toby, and Phil Riseborough. I Remember When I Was Young: the Matt Taylor Story. Nedlands, W.A.: The Hilliard Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4092-9421-4