Alvin Taylor

Alvin Taylor started playing drums at the age of 5. He played in various local bands and began his professional career at the age of 14, when he started touring with Little Richard. As part of Richard’s band, Taylor played with Jimi HendrixBilly Preston and opened a show Elvis Presley. He went on to play with PG&E on their number one record, Are You Ready. He turned down Jerry Goldstein‘s offer to play in the famous funk band War, but joined Eric Burdon‘s band after Burdon left War.

The Eric Burdon Band released a hard rock-packed album called Sun Secrets, which shows Taylor on the cover. Taylor was also featured on their unreleased album Mirage (released in 2008), Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert (on February 9, 1974), and is mentioned in Burdon’s 2001 book Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.

Taylor was on the first ever airing of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. Soon after, Taylor was asked by ex-Beatles guitaristGeorge Harrison to both live in his castle and record his album Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976). He played on two albums by Billy PrestonBilly Preston (1976) and A Whole New Thing (1977). He then joined Bob Welch‘s band and recorded the album French Kiss (1977), which featured the hit single “Ebony Eyes”.[1]

During the following years he appeared on albums by artists such as Elton JohnAalonJesse Colin YoungLes McCannLauren WoodGil-Scott HeronThe OriginalsSyreetaThe Mighty Clouds of JoyKeni BurkeStargardSammy HagarBilly ThorpeAmericaCherNatalie ColeSly & the Family StoneBill Withersand on two more records by Bob Welch. On Danny O’Keefe‘s record American Roulette (1977) he appeared besides Reggie McBrideMike Melvoin and David Lindley.

In 1979, he appeared on Sammy Hagar‘s single (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, featuring Leland SklarBarry Goudreau and Steve Cropper, who originally played on the Otis Redding version. Later that year, he appeared on Cher’s album Prisoner beside Toto members Steve LukatherJeff PorcaroDavid HungateDavid Paichand many others.

In 1980 he appeared once again with Lukather and Paich on Elton John‘s album 21 at 33. Other notable musicians include Bill ChamplinChuck Findley and Lenny Castro. Taylor then appeared on Bob Welch‘s album Man Overboard. In 1981, He appeared on the album 1234 by The Rolling Stones member Ron Wood.[2]

Since 2011 he is working with Ukulele Ray and regularly plays at NAMM. Since 2013 he tours with The Gypsie Experience. Correct spelling appears to be “Gypsy Experience”