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R. Dean Taylor

R. Dean Taylor

"R. Dean Taylor" (born 1939) is a Canadian-born singer, most famous as an artist, songwriter, and record producer for Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s.

Taylor began his career in 1961, as a pianist and singer with several groups in Toronto. He also made his first recordings in 1961, for the Audiomaster label. The following year, Taylor's "At The High School Dance", a single for Amy-Mala Records, was a minor success, and the singer decided to move to Detroit for better opportunities.

In Detroit, Taylor was hired by Motown Records in 1964 as a songwriter. Among Taylor's hit co-compositions and co-productions for Motown are "Love Child" and "I'm Livin' in Shame" by Diana Ross & the Supremes, "I'll Turn to Stone" by Four Tops, and "All I Need" by The Temptations. Eventually Motown head Berry Gordy, Jr. gave Taylor a record deal. Taylor recorded several singles for the V.I.P. label, including "Poor Girl", "Let's Go Somewhere", and "Ladybug (Stay Away From That Beatle)".

Taylor became one of the first artists assigned to Motown's new Rare Earth subsidiary, which was dedicated to white artists. In 1968 Taylor's single "Gotta See Jane" became a Top 20 hit in Eng...

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