R. Dean Taylor Biography

Toronto, Canada. Taylor remains the most successful white artist to emerge from the Motown Records stable. The protégé of writer/producer Brian Holland, he worked on many of the mid-60s hits produced by the Holland / Dozier / Holland partnership, and later claimed to have helped to compose several songs credited to them. He began his recording career in 1965 with ‘Let’s Go Somewhere’, but found more success with two of his compositions for the Supremes, ‘Love Child’ and ‘I’m Livin’ In Shame’, both of which brought a new realism into the group’s work. In 1967, he recorded the classic soul number ‘There’s A Ghost In My House’, which enjoyed cult status in Britain. A year later he released the evocative ‘Gotta See Jane’, which also charted in the UK that summer. His most memorable single was ‘Indiana Wants Me’, an effect-laden melodrama which climbed high in both the UK and US charts in 1970. Despite his popularity in Britain, where a revival of ‘There’s A Ghost In My House’ reached the Top 3 in 1974, Taylor was unable to repeat this success with his subsequent recordings, either on his own Jane label in 1973, or with Polydor Records from 1974.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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