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Happy Birthday Andy Taylor



Andrew Arthur Taylor
b. February 16, 1961

Andy Taylor is best known for his time with Duran Duran and The Power Station.  He has also gone on to be a solo artist.

Andy began playing the guitar at age eleven and grew from there.  In April 1980, "I made that fateful train journey down to Birmingham." (Andy Taylor direct quote)

As for Duran Duran -
"...we tested our first hits on the disco dance-floor before going anywhere near the radio...it was the way you defined your style and who you were, through the club you were associated with - where you hung out..." (Andy Taylor direct quote)

"Planet Earth" and the debut album, Duran Duran...by 1983, "the band was a global success story" (Wikipedia)

As for Power Station and Robert Palmer -
In 1985, Andy and John Taylor joined former Chic drummer, Tony Thompson, and Robert Palmer to form Power Station.  Their 1985 debut album, The Power Station, reached the Top 20 in the UK and the top 10 in the U.S.  (Specifically - No. 6 on Billboard 200 and No. 12 on UK Albums Chart.) (Wikipedia)

"I don't think any of us could have known at the time that this little venture would lead to the breakup of DD.  But it did or at least it exposed the cracks in the pavement.  I think we were all surprised at the amount of success the project achieved, particularly Robert, whose career was reignited in the USA.  It was an extraordinary time..." - Andy Taylor

Power Station Reunion -
1994 reunion
(At the time, John Taylor left Duran Duran and did not take part in the Power Station reunion because he checked into rehab.)
Second album - Living in Fear
Promotion - Japan and U.S. tour

Duran Duran Reunion -
2001 reunion 
First album as the original lineup since 1985 - Astronaut 
Blend of Andy's guitar style and synth classic DD sound
No. 3 in the UK 
No. 17 in the U.S. 

In 2006, Andy once again left Duran Duran and at this point, his departure was permanent.


I would like to conclude on a positive note -

Wherever you may be, Andy Taylor, best wishes on your most Happy Birthday.


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