John Taylor


John Taylor was born on the 20th June, 1960, and grew up around Birmingham, UK. He initially found fame as the bass guitarist in Duran Duran, of which he was a founding member, staying with the band from 1978 to 1997. Originally a guitarist when the band was formed, Taylor's switch to the bass guitar was inspired by a love of disco music, with Chic in particular having a profound effect on him.

1985 saw Taylor's first experiments outside of Duran Duran. Forming the band Power Station with former Chic drummer Tony Thompson, famous singer Robert Palmer and Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, they released a single eponymous album which will perhaps be best remembered for hit singles Some Like It Hot and Bang A Gong (Get It On), a cover of the T-Rex classic. Taylor's first solo single, I Do What I Do... was also released this year.

With Duran Duran's output starting to wane in the 1990s, Taylor created his own record label, B5 Records, with producer Hein Hoven in 1996, where Taylor recorded his first album of solo material, Feelings Are Good (And Other Lies). The album produced in collaboration with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, who fans of this label and its affiliates will remember for his work with supergroup Chequered Past, who had their album released on Heavy Metal Records. The album was initially put out on a small scale through the B5 website as a mail order, but once Taylor's departure from Duran Duran was made official the album was reissued, with Revolver Records having UK rights to the album.

Taylor has since released a further ten solo efforts, and since rejoining Duran Duran in 2000 continues to have a strong musical output with them.