Taste Biography

A popular blues rock attraction, Taste was formed in Cork, Eire in 1966 when Eric Kitteringham (bass) and Norman Damery (drums) joined Rory Gallagher (2 March 1948, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Eire, d. 14 June 1995, London, England), erstwhile guitarist with the Impact Showband. The new group became a leading attraction in Ireland and in Germany, but in 1968 Gallagher replaced the original rhythm section with Charlie McCracken (b. Richard McCracken; bass) and John Wilson (ex-Them) on drums. The new line-up then became a part of London’s burgeoning blues and progressive circuit. Their debut, Taste, was one of the era’s most popular releases, and featured several in-concert favourites, including ‘Same Old Story’ and ‘Sugar Mama’. On The Boards was another commercial success, and the band seemed poised to inherit the power trio mantle vacated by Cream. However, the unit broke up in October 1970 following a rancorous split between Gallagher and his colleagues. The guitarist then began a fruitful solo career until his untimely death in 1995. Wilson revived the Taste name in 2006 for live dates.

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