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Midnight Tone

by Dave Taylor

The well known pianist, composer and performer, Dave Taylor, has created a unique blend of Big Band Rock*n*Roll, Rhythm*n*Blues and Jump Jive rolled into one.
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2. That’s the way
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3. Hello Marie
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5. Don’t say goodbye at the station
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6. Papillon
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7. I’ll love you all the time
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8. Midnight Tone
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9. Fiesta for honeyrose
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10. Lookin’ after number one
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11. Sly moon
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12. Take my heart
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13. Escape to Panama
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16. Goodnight, goodnight
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ROCKIN DAVE (1957-2016)


The well known pianist, composer and performer, Dave Taylor, has created a unique blend of Big Band Rock*n*Roll, Rhythm*n*Blues and Jump Jive rolled into one. A critic once said: "I don't for one minute think that Dave has sat down and contrived the history of Rhythm*n*Blues, but he has succeeded in doing so nonetheless. There are plenty of Blues, Jump Jive and Big Bands around, but nothing comes close to this for being difficult to categorise. Dave's musical roots can be clearly heard in the likes of Merrill E. Moore, Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris, Moon Mullican and Count Basie."


In the early years of the 1960's, Dave began to show an interest in the piano located in the sitting room corner. This grew into an ambition, and Dave would eventually have to be dragged away from the keyboard. He always played the only way he knew how, and one day, an 8 year old Dave asked his mother what his style of playing was called. She told him it was Boogie Woogie. She was also of the opinion that Dave should learn to play 'properly', and so Dave was sent to piano lessons. In his early teens, prior to entering the music scene, Dave was part of a group of Teddy Boys in Nottingham. They spent most of their time going from pub to pub in search for excitement,.. and music! Dave was only 13 or 14 at the time and couldn't get served in pubs himself ...not a problem, as there was always someone who at least looked old enough to buy the round! They could not find much entertainment, so inevitably Dave ended up providing the music by playing piano in the pubs, where, eventually, Dave found work doing exactly that. At weekends, they went from record hop to record hop, including the legendary Boat Club, where Dave could be found every Saturday night watching (and playing on stage with) bands such as Shakin' Stevens & the Sunsets, Yakety Yak and Rock Island Line.
In 1972, the highlight of the year for Dave was to see his idol, Bill Haley, perform in Nottingham, where Dave recalls Rudi Pompelli stepping off stage into the audience, playing his saxophone and shaking hands with everybody, including Dave. After the show, Dave wanted to obtain Bill Haley's autograph but could not gain access to the dressing room. One of the roadies agreed to grab it for him, although it later transpired that the roadie had been signing the autographs himself! "Still, I got the real thing when I played on the same bill with Haley (pun intended!) a few years later" Dave remembers. "Bill Haley’s amplifier had broken down just before going on stage and he asked if he could borrow mine."

During the early days of his career, Dave auditioned with Rock Island Line, then managed by Phil Bailey, and met with Crazy Cavan & the Rhythm Rockers to discuss joining their band, although, after due consideration, in 1972 Dave decided to form his own band, Little Dave & The Rhythm Band. Dave, at that time 15 years of age, knew nothing about running a band and it soon fell apart, but Dave went on to join a local professional band The Earthquakes, while working on the assembly line at Raleigh Industries in Nottingham, with fame nothing more than a dream.


By the age of 16, Dave had left his day job and made a living playing in various Rock*n*Roll bands in and around the Midlands, one of his earliest bands was a band called ‘Twice on Sunday’ which he joined in 1974. Dave studied classical music at the Royal School of Music for a six year period, which helped teach Dave his inimitable Boogie Woogie playing technique. The last year of his studies culminated in the students' piano competition, featuring a compulsory classical composition, as well as a second, optional piece. Dave chose Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata as his first number and, faithful to his conviction, Honky Tonk Train Blues as his second number. Due to the conservative attitude of the panel, this, however, brought a brisk end to his studies at the classical institution!

In 1975, Dave replied to an advertisement in the Melody Maker for an audition at the Adam & Eve, a popular Rock*n*Roll venue in Homerton, East London. At the audition, Dave was snapped up by the then well-known Rock*n*Roll group, the Hellraisers, who were actually looking for a saxophone player! Having tried out a plethora of sax players, the band decided to give the job to Dave, and the very next day he found himself sailing out to Denmark to perform at the famous Hard Rock Café in Copenhagen.

Two years of intense touring followed and, as well as working with the likes of Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, B.B. King and Shakin' Stevens, the following years consisted of tours throughout Europe and Scandinavia, together with continuous session work for various rock n roll bands. Along with the Hellraisers, Dave was booked to play with Jerry Lee Lewis, but Jerry Lee would not permit another pianist on the same show. Dave also played with Chuck Berry several times. In a concert at the Isle of Man TT Races in 1976, however, Chuck Berry refused to tune his guitar to the piano, which is standard practice, but he insisted that the piano be tuned to his guitar. As there was no time to find a piano tuner, Dave had to transpose every song up a semitone. Dave ended up walking off the stage in disgust at Chuck Berry in the middle of the set, when Chuck insisted that a piano tuner be called half way through the concert!

Dave performed with The Hellraisers at The Pickett's Lock Festival on 15 May 1976, and their live recordings were featured on the compilation album Rock*n*Roll is Still Alive released on Charly Records. This was Dave's first record release and featured his own composition, Dim Light Boogie. Since then, Dave has penned a catalogue of over 200 songs. Eventually, the experience Dave obtained led him to front his own band again, Dave Taylor & Dynamite. The group had their debut concert at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End, on 20 May 1977.

After a conflict of musical tastes, Dave left Dynamite and began playing piano sessions for various Rock*n*Roll bands throughout the UK and Europe. At one stage or another in his career, Dave has played with many British and U.S. artistes, including Sleepy La Beef,Screamin' Lord Sutch, Sonny Burgess, Terry Dene, Brian Poole, P.J. Proby, Billie Davis, Wee Willie Harris, Janice Martin, Big Jay McNeely, Jet Harris, Graham Fenton's Matchbox, Gene Summers, Mike Berry, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Tommy Bruce, Jess Conrad, Buddy Knox, Don Lang, Hayden Thompson, Heinz, Eddie Bond, Big Daddy and Marty Wilde.

Famous Showman and Politician Screamin' Lord Sutch had this to say about Dave: “Over the past four decades, I have worked with some of the best in the business: Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts, Jeff Beck. Dave Taylor, in my opinion, as a musician and showman, falls into the same category with these top guys.” He went on to say: “Dave doesn’t just ‘tinkle the ivories, he hammers the keys to death!!!!”


In January 1977, Dave was asked to attend a recording session for the Dutch label, Rockhouse, with Little Tina & Flight '56. The album contained two tracks written by Dave: Don't Ever Go andTwelve O'Clock Rock, as well as his first release of Honky Tonk Train Blues. (Dave's first recording of this number was on BBC Radio One in 1976, during his guest appearance on 'It's Rock*n*Roll', hosted by Stuart Coleman.) During this period, Dave formed another band called Red Hot, with which he toured throughout the UK, until the band folded in late 1977.

The road then led Dave from extensive bookings in France and Holland on to Portugal, where he spent several months playing the Casinos of the Algarve whilst negotiating with Bobby Boulter, the owner of the Solar Penguin Hotel, who had been involved with the organisation of Dave's first tour of Finland with the Hellraisers. Later Bobby became Dave's Road Manager and long time friend.


Dave was only 20 when he took up an invitation to return to Scandinavia 1977. Dave loaded his upright piano into the back of his Thames van and headed for Finland, where he spent the first six months playing piano in local bars. The very first demo recording, made in the summer of 1978 in Finland by Dave and his newly formed Rocket 88 band, was Razzle Dazzle/Dim Light Boogie. It was produced by Mikko Alatalo, who is now a well-known TV presenter and household name in Finland. Then, in 1978, Dave became an overnight sensation while performing at The Culture House in Helsinki where the biggest Rock*n*Roll event, The King of Rock, took place. Jyrki Hämäläinen, then Chief executive of the top Pop Music Magazine ‘Suosikki’ said: “Dave Taylor, is the most sensational act in Finnish show business today”.... He further added: “Dave Taylor is without a doubt, the most promising and talented performer in years on the Finnish rock scene. And he certainly has something to give to every true rock’n’roll lover no matter where ever in Europe he is heard.” Dave was the absolute top of the bill that night and received raves from the critics nationwide, and the Dave Taylor fever was a fact!”

Dave was immediately signed up by Levytuottajat Oy, one of the largest Finnish record companies. TV and Radio shows followed and Dave was featured on the classic Finnish hit TV show Levyraati based on the hit British show Juke Box Jury. Dave performed live on two occasions on Levyraati, attaining 2nd place on both times out of 20 or so Finnish pop stars. Dave also became a regular guest on Tapani Ripatti’s hit Radio shows.

When the authorities discovered that Dave was working without a work permit, he was deported to the nearest non-Scandinavian country, Germany, where he stayed for two weeks, grappling with the Finnish Government officials in order to obtain a work permit. Fortunately, for Dave, this meant spending two weeks in the notorious Reeperbahn area of Hamburg. "That was the hardest two weeks of my life, not to mention trying to obtain a work permit", recalls Dave. With the assistance of record company executive, Vexi Salmi, Dave was able to return to Finland and in the following months recorded the singles Dim Light Boogie/Mona Lisa, Peggy Sue/All By Myself and Cadillac Car/Rockhouse as well as his first solo album, Rockin' in the Same Ol' Way,featuring such tracks as Cadillac Car, Don't Want Tyin' Down Girl, Dave's Boogie and a revised version of Twelve o'Clock Rock. The album also contained Hey Little Girl (which, some 18 years later, saw the addition of a full 50-piece orchestra). The album was licensed to Charly Records in the UK and sold around the world. Cadillac Car became a hit among the Rock*n*Roll circles and its sales were boosted by the feature of the track in the Finnish film release 'Life, Here I Come' ('Täältä Tullaan, Elämä').

Raimo Henriksson General Manager of Warner Chappel Music said: “Dave Taylor, as far as I am concerned, is a synonym for Rock'n'Roll at its best, purist and most flourishing form. Ever since our first meeting at Midem, Cannes, in 1985, I noted that Dave often referred to the same names and professional phrases which I myself like to use when talking about music. This professionalism can clearly be heard in Dave's recordings.”

He went on to say: “To this day, there are still stories told about Dave's performances, (playing the piano upside down or performing unnerving acrobatics during his stage shows; his unique entrance to the venue by parachute and his inimitable Boogie Woogie playing technique, yet, never compromising the quality of the music).”

1980 saw the release of Dave's new single Lonely As I Can Be/I've Lost Her Again and his second solo album, entitled Countrybilly, or perhaps better known as Jive Jive Jive, as it was called on its UK release on Charly Records. The album was inspired by Dave's interest in Rockabilly and Western Swing as well as Dave's own favourite piano player, Merrill E. Moore. His combination of these produced the unusual, dynamic sound of the recording. Later in 1980, Dave was commissioned to write the theme to the proposed film ‘Midnight Rock’, in which he was also due to star, although the film project was never realised.

Seppo Elonen, celebrated journalist of Blues News Magazine, quoted: “No better rock’n’roll record has ever been made in Finland! Taylor’s music has to be categorised as rock’n’roll even though his style is original to such an extent that Dave’s own definition of ‘swing rock’ describes his music a great deal better.” And added: “Dave Taylor is a convincing vocalist and a positively brilliant piano player.”

By 1981, Dave was firmly established in the Scandinavian music scene, doing regular TV appearances and radio interviews and driving audiences wild with his inimitable act, playing his full size piano with virtually every part of his body. Standing on his head. Tilting the 200 kg instrument across his body while lying on the ground. Or perhaps performing an acrobatic somersault off the top of the piano. He was not named the 'Acrobat Pianist' without good reason! The ecstatic audience would often carry Dave's piano, with him standing on it, around the auditorium, sometimes with hilarious consequences, not least the long cable to the microphone becoming entangled around the audience! Dave tells of one occasion when his piano was taken through the auditorium and out onto the street, with Dave hanging on and still playing. This caused bewilderment among the local police, who forced the audience to set him down, although Dave continued playing the piano! "I was about 400 yards from the band who were still on stage in the auditorium and I was playing probably 4 seconds behind them because of the time delay", Dave chuckles.

The renowned Finnish writer, Väinämöinen, had this to say in 1979: “Dave is an exceptional phenomenon in rock music circles; Dave Taylor knows his business, there’s no doubt about it, Dave’s latest album, Rockin’ in the same ‘ol Way is definitely the best rock album of the decade.”

Having gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of the music business, Dave formed his own record label, DT Records, to gain total control over his career. It played host to such releases as the LP Mr Rock; 1982 (DTLP100), single Mind Your Own Business/Rock Me; 1982 (DTS001), EP Steppin' Outa' Line; 1986 (DTEP100), LP Happy Birthday Boogie Woogie; 1988 (DTLP200) and the single Won't You/Under the Moonlight; 1988 (DTS002).


After spending five years in Finland and having performed every venue from Helsinki to the most Northern tip of Lapland, Dave decided to return to the UK in 1983 to form a new, 10-strong show band line up, which featured some of England's top musicians. The group toured extensively in the UK and Europe and, whilst performing in a London club, was approached by a Royal Aide offering a season of private bookings in the Society party circuit, with venues ranging from the Hurlingham Club in London to private manor houses and yachts. Dave topped the bill at the wildest of all night parties, offering the ultimate in showmanship to impressive guest lists, which could have been copied directly from the pages of 'Who's Who'.

Michael Gelardi of Magic Entertainment in London quoted: “In my 25 years in the entertainment business, I have produced many good and indeed great artistes from Sammy Davis Jnr., the consummate talent, to Jose Carreras, the prince of opera. Dave Taylor, however, is a one off. His high energy performance and amazing stage acrobatics, combined with his Rock & Roll piano playing and a jumpin’ band, make a good evening great every time. His is ‘must dance’ music and entertainment with a difference; Dave will even make an entrance to venues from the sky with his parachute display team, the Skyjivers. A rare offering which, deservedly, puts Rockin’ Dave Taylor in a class of his own.”

One year later, Dave appeared as a guest for the British tour of an American Rock*n*Roll group, Big Daddy, who achieved a Top 10 hit in the UK charts. Dave appeared in radio and TV shows, such as the Kenny Everett Show, the Old Grey Whistletest, Pebble Mill at One and Razzamatazz. A booking was also arranged for the Top of the Pops but the arrangement was cancelled at just one day's notice due to a new chart entry by Sir Paul McCartney!

It should be mentioned, too, that Dave was sworn in as one of Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages, as well as being one of Brian Poole's Tremeloes. Brian Poole also recorded his own version of Dave's composition Hey Little Girl.


By 1985, Dave's reputation had reached the Far East, where he was offered a six month contract by the Hong Kong agent, Crazy Larry. The tour proved a great success, adding to Dave's record sales throughout the world and leading to a succession of Oriental tours, taking in such exotic new locations as Japan, Macao and, of course, Hong Kong. During his third tour of Hong Kong, Dave was performing at the British military bases, including some memorable shows for the Black Watch. In the Philippines he played in a 1950s U.S. style Rock*n*Roll town, Angeles City, home of the volcanic Mount Pinatubo. The volcano erupted in the summer of 1991 destroying the entire town, but Angeles City was rebuilt and, in the period 2009-2016, served as the host city for Dave’s own Midnight Rock music club, where Rock*n*Roll never stopped!

Dave was invited to open ‘Joe Bananas’, one of Hong Kong's top night clubs, in 1986. To commemorate the event, Dave's gold lamé drape jacket and blue suede shoes were placed on permanent display in a glass cabinet inside the club! While in Hong Kong, Dave obtained rave reviews by the Hong Kong public and a great deal of press coverage, for example, in the Hong Kong Standard and TV Times, as well as appearing in a number of TV and radio shows, such as Edward Bean's popular Fizz Bizz. Dave recalls that, on the eve of the early morning recording of Fizz Bizz, where Dave played his then new single, You'd Better Listen to Me Now (Midnight CD705 Cadillacs & Moonlight), he took a taxi to the famous Hong Kong Peak. Unaware, that there would be no return transport after midnight, nor any means of contacting someone, Dave was deserted until the next morning, with nothing more than a six pack for company. He only made it back by walking all the way from the Peak to the filming location in Kowloon just in time for the recording of the TV show, shattered and complete with bloodshot eyes, having spent the entire night admiring the vastness of Hong Kong from the Peak!

Back in London, Dave could again be found in the recording studio, featuring on trombone was Dave's friend of many years and star of the '6-5 Special', the late Don Lang (of the ‘Frantic Five’).

In 1987, Dave headed for Barcelona, to perform a televised outdoor concert to his largest ever audience, totalling in excess of 300,000 people.

Dave is said to have been the first Western Rock*n*Roller to hit the Soviet Union in 1988, headlining a concert for the Youth Communist Party... Dave returned to Russia on the collapse of the communist regime to perform for the Reformed ex-Communist Youth Party!

Despite leaving Finland, Dave continued close collaboration with his Finnish arranger colleague, Paul Fagerlund. Tragically, Paul passed away on 3 July 1994. The fruits of this collaboration can be heard in some 50 memorable Big Band and Orchestral tracks recorded by Dave.

In 1992, Dave toured the U.S. for the first time travelling from New Orleans to Memphis and Los Angeles, and even across the border to Vancouver. The Boogie Woogie instrumental CD,Boogie in the City, was recorded by Dave later in the year, following a suggestion by Joop Visser, record executive, to produce a 'modern' Boogie Woogie album. Dave also performed in the country of another of his favourite artists, Louis Prima, in 1995, the venue being the Forli Rock*n*Roll Festival, Italy. Hooked on Jive, containing 20 nonstop Dave Taylor jiving tracks, was released by K Tel international in late 1996, and re-released in 2011. A further Hooked on Jive release of Dave’s material took place on the Emporio label in the latter part of 1998.

In October 1998, Dave was engaged to play at the Cannes TV Festival by a US cable TV network, HBO. He performed there with the 8 piece Italian band The Good Fellas. The show was such a success that Dave and The Good Fellas were booked to appear at the launching of Austin Powers’ The Spy Who Shagged Me film, performing to VIP guests, including a host of Hollywood stars and producers such as Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Val Kilmer,Charles Bronson, Mick Jagger, and Sir Richard Branson, among others, at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1999.


Dave established the Midnight Rock record label and produced recordings at his Midnight Rock Studio, taking time off to tour the world. Dave's songs have been licensed to companies worldwide and appear on countless compilations, including promotional albums for Coca Cola and the Co Operative Bank, among many others.

In celebration of Dave's 25 years as a 'Professional Rock*n*Roller', a collection of his recordings was released by Midnight Rock Records in the Good Time Series. Vol. 1 of the collection, Cadillacs & Moonlight, was released in the summer of 1997. Vol. 2, Shotgun Boogie, came out in June 1998 and vol. 3, Still Rockin’ in the Same Ol’ Way was released in 2000. Apart from a busy touring schedule in the UK, Spain and Italy over the turn of the Millennium, and a party on Millennium Eve being hosted by Sir Dai Llewellyn, at which Dave was performing, in December 1999 he also released a limited edition special Millennium CD, Time for Rock & Roll (Midnight CD 2000).

In 2004, Dave was voted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. New releases in 2004 consisted of This Is Boogie Woogie! (Midnight CD 404), a compilation of explosive piano Boogie Woogie by Dave the way Boogie Woogie should be played, as well as Nordic Dream (Midnight CD 405) a light classical album Dave wrote and recorded back in 1991. Nordic Dream is a musical account of Dave’s impressions of Scandinavia, inspired by the various Nordic towns and landscapes, and influenced by the extraordinary music culture. In these light classical compositions can clearly be distinguished the traditional melancholy of the Scandinavian character and music, contrasting severely with the sensitive tranquillity and beauty of the Nordic nature as well as the impetuous seasonal divergence. The 19 recordings featured on this CD represent the inheritance of many years of collaboration between Dave Taylor and Scandinavia and a celebration of the Nordic Countries. Never knowing quite what to do with these recordings, they sat on his studio shelf for 13 years until Dave finally made the decision to release this CD. Nordic Dream was also re-released by K-Tel in 2011.

The Nordic Dream album was shortly followed by Before the Dream (Midnight CD 406). Within it, are featured the original compositions, ideas, melody lines and arrangements which, 15 years ago, formed the foundation for the Nordic Dream project. This CD has a compelling character and essence created by its natural purity. Allow the music to guide your senses to explore its innocence, beauty and sensitivity, and it will bring you immense pleasure.

In 2005, Dave brought out Big Band Boogie & Jive (Midnight CD 410). This compilation album was specially created to consist of rare archive material by Dave Taylor, some of which is made available on CD for the first time. The tracks featured include Can't Stand Those People and Mind Your Own Business, both written in the early 1980s as a retort by Dave against the immigration and law enforcement authorities in Finland for giving him a hard time with work permits and visas, and ultimately deporting him in 1983.

'Won't You' is regarded by many as the most 'commercial' recording ever made by Dave. The backing musicians here were 'on loan' from Joe Jackson and Sir Elton John's bands. There's Boogie Woogie, as featured on the popular Finnish TV show “VIP Vision” in 1993, and Blast Off!, which became the signature tune for the legendary Radio Caroline. Don't Say Goodbye at the Station was one of the first songs ever composed by Dave back in 1972, but it was not until the 1990s that the song was ever recorded. The outstanding guitar solo is by Judd Proctor, of Ray Ellington fame. The last three recordings mentioned also feature the impeccable tenor sax of Nick Pentelow, who was a member of Roy Wood's Wizard in the 1970s.

The Girl in Beaver Jeans, was written by Dave, which was adapted from his composition Rock Me to use as a promotional theme song by the top Scandinavian designer jeans manufacturer in the 1980s, Beaver’s Jeans. The song was released on a red flexi disc, of which 100,000 complimentary copies were distributed to customers on purchase of Beaver’s products. “They call me Mr Rock 'cos rockin’ is all I do,” declare the lyrics. Quite rightly, too!

2005 also saw the release of another new CD, Songs from the Other Side (Midnight CD 509). This is an uncompromising album, which immerses us deep into the other side of Dave Taylor, the composer, best known for pounding piano Boogie Woogie, Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. This CD contains a fantastic and extremely diverse collection of recordings written and arranged by Dave, ranging from an operetta to heavy rock, from pop to classical and beyond, which were never suitable for inclusion on his various Rock & Roll albums. This album leaves no doubt about Dave's broad musical knowledge and accomplished skill as a powerful songwriter, arranger and performer, whatever the style of music.

In December 2005, Dave Taylor was approached by record producer/manager Phil Bailey to record vocal and piano and re mix, at Dave’s Midnight Rock Studio, Phil's original recording of Choo Choo Ch' Boogie. The track was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. There had been a double booking that morning with the result that, when they got there, the studio was reserved for Paul McCartney & Wings! Paul had not yet arrived, but Wings’ drummer, Steve Holly, was already there, and agreed that Phil could use Paul McCartney's studio time for the morning session. When Phil Bailey’s drummer then phoned to say he was going to be late, Steve Holly offered to step in and played drums on Choo Choo Ch' Boogie. The track also features Tim Green (Mungo Jerry) on guitar and Alan Carvell on backing vocals, who features on other Dave Taylor recordings earlier in the 1980s.

In 2007, Dave released his 14th CD, vol. 4 in the Good Time Series - A Rocker’s Guide to the Galaxy - featuring such tracks as Keep it up Baby, Millennium Rock and Freddie Bell’s classic hit, Giddy up a Ding Dong.


As part of his show, Dave has parachuted to various venues with his Skyjivers parachute display team. When booked, in July 1990, at the Imatra Big Band Festival in Eastern Finland, Dave challenged fate by skydiving from 10,000 ft onto the roof of a multi storey building in the town centre. Having successfully landed on a roof (albeit not the roof designated as landing area!), he climbed down a skylight and, to onlookers' surprise, found himself behind the bar of a local pub! Unperturbed, with the parachute over his shoulder and still dressed in his skydiving jumpsuit, he casually placed his order for a pint of beer!

So, for Rockin' Dave Taylor, even the sky's not the limit....

Rockin' Dave Taylor was nominated for the ‘Just Plain Folks Music Awards’ in USA for his songs Big ‘n’ Bouncy and You'd Better Listen To Me Now. Check out these songs and see why!

Dave has also recorded a video with the Italian virtuoso JustCarmen. Hear and see the duet perform at the following link Sha-Na-Na's classic hit Those Magic Changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64cvHLPZabI

In 2008, Rockin Dave decided, after 38 years of performing around the world, to ‘hang up his piano’ and retire from touring. He relocated to the Philippines where he was planning to relax and concentrate on his composing and recording. He had last played in the Philippines in 1986, as part of touring Asia. However, after several months of ‘relaxing’, Rockin Dave became restless and needed something constructive to occupy his mind. He purchased shares in a go-go club, but missed his beloved Rock*n*Roll. Consequently, he sold his shares in the girlie bar, and opened his own club, which he aptly named Midnight Rock Music Lounge. The club was a time travel back to the 50s, where Rock*n*Roll music permeated 24/7. There were some 15 waitresses 20 dancers to entertain customers. Midnight Rock was said to be one of the best venues in Angeles City because of its simple winning formula: A unique Rock*n*Roll go-go bar in a prime position in the centre of the entertainment district and top class performances provided by the ever-gorgeous and ever-growing flock of ‘Midnight Sensations’ – the dancers.

It wasn’t very long before Rockin Dave brought his piano out of moth balls and once again got on stage. News soon spread and folks started arriving from all corners of the world to see Rockin Dave perform at his own venue. “I have not performed anywhere commercially for more than three years now, despite many requests from UK, Italy, Russia, Finland, Spain and the United States. It’s nice not to have to travel around the world anymore, and instead the audience comes to see me now. It’s a fitting epitaph,” Rockin Dave commented in 2012.


Rockin Dave passed away on 1 May 2016 in Angeles City, Philippines, after a period of illness. He was an extraordinary character and musically very talented, with his own special sense of twisted humour, and will be sorely missed. Rockin Dave was cremated and his ashes rest in the Mount Pinatubo volcano crater lake, Luzon Island, Philippines, scattered there on a flypass from a light aircraft, as it was always his wish to make a skydive into the lake.

In the final years of his life, Rockin Dave completed his autobiography, The Rocky Road - the story of a Rock & Roll piano player, Rockin Dave. The ups, but mainly downs, of a rocker's life. The e-book was published by BookBaby in 2016 and it is available from all major e-book stores worldwide.

The legacy lives on.

Stella Silver

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Rockin Dave's Autobiography, The Rocky Road: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Rocky-Road



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