Gaylan Taylor - The Limeliters
Gaylan Taylor (full name, Gaylan Taylor Oliphant, born May 2,1950), joined The Limeliters in 2006 when Alex Hassilev decided to finally retire. He performed with The Limeliters until August 2018, when he was replaced by Steve Brooks.
He was an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter who loved performing on stage. His first paid gig as a folk singer came in 1964 when he was 14, but his actual professional career began in 1967 after Bill Zorn invited Gaylan to be a part of Bill’s large folk group, The Win’ Jammers. Bill and Gaylan hooked up again in ’70 - 71 as members of The New Christy Minstrels. .
In addition to guitar and vocals, Gaylan played bass and harmonica and has written well over 200 songs, two of which are on the Limeliter’s CD Right From the Start. A self-proclaimed ‘recording studio junkie’, Gaylan is equally comfortable as a vocalist, vocal arranger, instrumentalist, engineer or producer.
His 2003 solo album, Taylor Made, is available on Apple Music and other streaming services.
In 2005, Gaylan toured with Glenn Yarbrough as the leader of Glenn’s Havenstock River Band. When he was invited to join The Limeliters in 2006, Gaylan said, “It’s like coming home… I’ve been in a lot of groups with a lot of different styles and configurations and worked with some wonderfully talented performers… this Limeliters group with Andy and Don and me is nothing short of magical.”
You can watch Gaylan performing with The Limeliters - with original Limeliter Alex Hassilev, along with Don Marovich and Andy Corwin, in a 2015 performance of Gari Gari on YouTube. Another highlight is Gaylan performing with Don and Andy on The Limeliters on their 2013 performance of "Pass the Music On" on YouTube (words and lyrics by Tom Chapin and Si Kahn), including some solo vocals from Gaylan. This song is the title song from The Limeliters album of the same name.
Too young, Gaylan passed away on September 7, 2021.
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