Taste (band)

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Origin Cork, Ireland
Genres Blues rock[1]
Years active 1966–1970
Labels Verve, Polydor, Major Minor
Associated acts Rory Gallagher
Members John Wilson
Sam Davidson
Richard Mc Cracken
Past members Rory Gallagher
Eric Kitteringham
Norman Damery

Taste is an Irish rock and blues band formed in 1966. Its founder was songwriter and musician Rory Gallagher.


Taste (originally "The Taste") was formed in Cork, Ireland, in August 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitars and vocals, Eric Kitteringham on bass, and Norman Damery on drums.[2] In their early years Taste toured in Hamburg and Ireland before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1968 Taste began performing in the UK where the original lineup split up. The new lineup formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums.[2] The new Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor. In November 1968, the band, along with Yes, opened for Cream at Cream's farewell concerts. While with Polydor, Taste began touring the United States and Canada with the British supergroup Blind Faith. In April 1969, Taste released the first of their two studio albums, the self-titled Taste, with On the Boards following in early 1970,[2] the latter showing the band's jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks.

One performance came in 1970 as part of the Isle of Wight Festival, alongside Jimi Hendrix and The Who. According to Donal Gallagher (Rory's brother who managed the band) film maker Murray Lerner had given instructions to his crew to shoot just two numbers from the new bands and to save the main film stock for Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Leonard Cohen and the other headliners but Taste’s performance prompted him to change his instructions:

"Murray didn’t know who Taste were but when he saw the spontaneity of the band and the audience and their interaction, he just told his guys keep filming and they just kept going and captured over an hour of the performance which was quite incredible."

Later the same year Taste toured Europe but were disbanded due to numerous reasons, the details of which are still unclear; but are generally acknowledged as having been due to managerial disputes and also tensions between Gallagher and the rest of the band, who wanted to be recognised as equals with him (Gallagher having been the sole songwriter in the band). They performed their last show on New Year's Eve in Belfast.[3] Wilson and McCracken immediately formed 'Stud' in early 1971, with Jim Cregan and John Weider, while Gallagher went on to pursue a solo career.

Some years after the band's break up, earlier recordings featuring the original line-up emerged.

A musical homage to Taste and Gallagher was made by Black 47 in their song "Rory", released on 1998's Green Suede Shoes album.

The spirit of TASTE is kept alive on the road in 2017 with a power trio featuring John Wilson (Drums) and Richard Mc Cracken (Bass)+ guitarist/Singer Sam Davidson




Years Lineup
August 1966–August 1968
  • Rory Gallagher – guitars, vocals, saxophone, harmonica
  • Eric Kitteringham – bass
  • Norman Damery – drums
August 1968–December 1970
  • Rory Gallagher – guitars, vocals, saxophone, harmonica
  • Richard McCracken – bass
  • John Wilson – drums
December 1970–February 2000


February 2000–2011
  • John Wilson – drums
  • Sam Davidson – guitars, vocals
  • Albert Mills – bass


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Year Album UK Label
1971 Live Taste 14 Polydor
Live at the Isle of Wight 41
1978 In Concert Ariola
2010 Live in San Francisco M Bop / Disonic


Year Album UK Label
2015 I'll Remember Polydor


  • "Blister on the Moon" / "Born on the Wrong Side of Time" – Major Minor, 1968 (Edited for Polydor Records in 1969)
  • "Born on the Wrong Side of Time" / "Same Old Story" – Polydor, 1969
  • "What's Going On" / "Born on the Wrong Side of Time" + "Blister on the Moon" – Polydor, 1969
  • "Wee Wee Baby" / "You've Got to Play" – BASF, 1972 (Exclusive to Germany)
  • "What's Going On" / "Railway and Gun" – Polydor
  • "Blister on the Moon" + "Sugar Mama" / "Catfish" + "On the Boards" – Polydor, 1982
  • "Born on the Wrong Side of Time" / "Same Old Story" – Polydor (Exclusive to Italy)
  • "Born on the Wrong Side of Time" / "Same Old Story" – Polydor (Exclusive to Japan)
  • "If I Don't Sing I'll Cry" / "I'll Remember" – Polydor (Exclusive to Spain)[3]


  • "Pop History, Vol. IX – Taste" – Polydor, 1971[3]
  • The Best of Taste – Polydor, 1994[3]



  • The New Musical Express Book of Rock, 1975, Star Books, ISBN 0-352-30074-4
  • Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher To The Sultans Of Ping by Mark McAvoy. Published by Mercier Press (2009) ISBN 9781856356558


  1. ^ Taste. AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. pp. 168–169. ISBN 0-85112-072-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 369–370. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 

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