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Richard Clifford Taylor (born 28 January 1943) is an English musician, best known as the guitarist and founding member of the Pretty Things.

Dick Taylor
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Dick Taylor on stage with the Pretty Things in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameRichard Clifford Taylor
Born (1943-01-28) 28 January 1943 (age 76)
Dartford, Kent, England
GenresRock, R&B
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, piano, banjo
Years active1962–present
LabelsSt. George Records
Associated actsThe Rolling Stones, the Pretty Things, Mekons

Taylor was an early bassist for the Rolling Stones,[1] but left the band to resume his studies at Sidcup Art College. While there he formed the Pretty Things in September 1963. He now lives on the Isle of Wight, England.[2]


Taylor was born in Livingstone Hospital, Dartford, and attended Dartford Grammar School.[3] In July 1962, while he was at Sidcup Art College, the Rolling Stones was formed when Taylor, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' three-piece group Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys joined Brian Jones and Ian Stewart's Rollin' Stones.[1] Initially, Taylor played lead guitar in the band, but switched to bass to accommodate Jones, who quickly went on to become an accomplished slide guitarist. That November, Taylor left to return to art college, and his former bandmates posted an advertisement seeking another bassist. Bill Wyman responded, and succeeded him as the Rolling Stones' bassist in December 1962.

In 1963, Taylor formed the Pretty Things[1] with vocalist Phil May, and once again played his preferred guitar position. He left the Pretty Things in 1969, after the release of their concept album S.F. Sorrow. The band released a few more albums without Taylor and disbanded in 1976, but regrouped with Taylor in 1979 to release Cross Talk. Taylor has remained with the Pretty Things to the present day[when?].

In addition to his work with The Pretty Things, Taylor co-produced Hawkwind's debut album, on which he also played guitar, as well as Cochise's first album and Skin Alley's first album. His contribution to punk rock was a recording by Auntie Pus. During the second half of the 1980s, Taylor played guitar with the English post-punk band the Mekons. He recorded with Andre Williams in Chicago for George Paulus' St. George Records.


  1. ^ a b c "The Rolling Stones Biography". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Dick Taylor Interview". Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  3. ^ Alan Clayson. "Obituary: Brian Pendleton | News". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2017.