This Day in Music 16.02.2016
Andy Taylor is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as a former member of both Duran Duran and The Power Station.
Born and raised in Cullercoats, Northumberland (England), he began playing guitar at the age of eleven, and was soon playing with local bands, even producing one at the age of sixteen.
He joined Duran Duran in 1980. The band signed to EMI Records in December 1980, only seven months after completing the line-up. Their debut single 'Planet Earth' was released shortly after that, with their self-titled debut album 'Duran Duran' released in June 1981. By 1983 the band was, as everybody knows, a global success story.
While Duran Duran were on hiatus in 1985, Andy Taylor and bassist John Taylor joined renowned session drummer and former Chic member Tony Thompson and Robert Palmer to form the band Power Station.The Power Station (named after the New York studio where they were recording) reached the Top 20 in the UK and the Top 10 in the US, and spawned two hit singles: 'Some Like It Hot' (UK No.14, US#6) and a cover of the T.Rex song 'Get It On (Bang a Gong)' UK No.22, US#9).
In 2001, Taylor reunited with the other original members of Duran Duran to record their first new music together since 1985. The band had secured a new contract with Sony Records. In 2006, whilst recording a new Duran Duran album, Taylor once again parted ways with the band.
In 2008, Andy Taylor published an autobiography: 'Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran'.