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Chapel Hill's Kate Taylor -- Biography and New Album

by Charly Mann


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Meg      10:25 AM Wed 2/3/2010

If you are in the Chapel Hill area, you might be interested in this:<br \><br \>The Taylor Family in Chapel Hill<br \>Tuesday, February 9<br \>5:00 PM to 7:00 PM<br \>Student Union Theater, UNC Campus<br \>The very musical Taylor family lived in Chapel Hill in the 1950s and 1960s while Dr. Isaac Taylor was on the faculty, and eventually the dean of the UNC Medical School. Isaac and Trudy Taylor&#39;s children have all been musicians (Alex, James, Kate, Livingston and Hugh) as have many of their grandchildren. This program will feature a film by Liz Witham, award-winning documentary filmmaker and daughter of Kate Taylor, about her mother and other Taylors in Chapel Hill and the Taylors&#39; long-time home, Martha&#39;s Vineyard, Mass. Kate Taylor also will perform, and she and Liz will answer questions. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by the program at 5:30 p.m. For information, visit http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/news/ or call Liza Terll at (919) 962-4207.

Corey      2:31 PM Sun 11/22/2009

Another great Taylor article! Love it! <br \><br \>Kate&#39;s newest album Fair Time is her best, I think. She has only sporadically written songs on her previous albums, but here she fully arrives. Great writing, and as ever, great singing. <br \><br \>I need to get the DVD and am really looking forward to it. <br \><br \>Also, thank you for the reminder of the Beatles cover song. I&#39;d completely forgotten about that. <br \><br \>Skip Via, I&#39;m really looking forward to your interview with Livingston! I would love to hear more about your school &amp; band days with Liv and Hugh.

Skip Via      9:29 PM Sat 10/10/2009

The only thing missing from the photo of the Taylor&#39;s house is the &quot;boys&#39; house&quot;--the two-bedroom and a den cottage, separate from the main house, where we had band rehearsals. Hugh and Liv lived there when I knew them. We went into Ike and Trudy&#39;s house only rarely--probably when they weren&#39;t home.<br \><br \>I remember two or three instances when Kate stopped in during one of our performances (the Sands of Time) and contributed a song or two. Great singer.

Bob Nogushi      10:56 AM Thu 10/8/2009

Thanks for your update on Kate Taylor. I enjoyed her three albums in the 1970s, and had not heard about her in almost thirty years. I look forward to hearing her new album.

Charly Mann      11:27 AM Wed 10/7/2009

Hello - Sarah,<br \><br \>I do not know how many of the children of James, Alex, Kate, and Hugh have attended college. James has a few that are not yet even college aged. Livingston has no children, and is uncle to all of this generation of Taylors. Next year I hope to interview him for Chapel Hill Memories, and I will ask him this question.<br \><br \>As far as money goes, all of the Taylor&#39;s are frugal and self-supporting as far as I know. Livingston also teaches at the Berklee College of Music, Kate makes jewelrey, and Hugh owns and runs a Bed and Breakfast on Martha&#39;s Vineyard.

Sarah Ellroy      9:42 AM Wed 10/7/2009

I do not know very much about the Taylor family, but was surprised that none of the children went to college. I understand that one son, James, does very well in the music business. When I read about their estate sized house in Chapel Hill, and that they all now live on Martha&#39;s Vineyard, it makes me believe that there must be family money that has given them the financial security to forgo higher education.<br \><br \>Do you know what percent of the children of the next generations of Taylors went to college?

Melanie Braxton      5:00 PM Tue 10/6/2009

I think this is an excerpt from the new Kate Taylor DVD. It features some video of Chapel Hill and a brief bio of Kate.<br \><br \>http://revver.com/video/1073394/the-vineyard-scene-episode-3-kate-taylor-tunes-from-the-tipi/

Charly Mann      2:11 PM Tue 10/6/2009

The album with Kate doing &quot;Drive My Car&quot; is called Cape Cod Covers Volume II - The Beatles. It came out a few years ago and has an array of great Beatles coves, though the Kate&#39;s rendition is especially good.<br \><br \>I recommend also her version of &quot;Crying in the Rain&quot; with Ben Taylor. I have the mp3, but do not believe it is an official release.<br \><br \>I do not think putting up Kate&#39;s version of &quot;Drive My Car&quot; has a Chapel Hill connection, but I hope our readers think about buying or downloading that album.

All-Bran1960      1:16 PM Tue 10/6/2009

A real treat is Kate&#39;s version of THE BEATLES - Drive My Car on a Cape Cod Beatles Tribute album. You should post that.

Wanda Gaither      10:21 AM Tue 10/6/2009

Kate Taylor has such a beautiful and dynanic voice. If Aladdin was to give me one wish it would be for her to do an album of standards from the Great American Songbook.

Tracy Anderson      8:23 AM Tue 10/6/2009

My Grandfather gave me an album by James Taylor called Mud Slide Slim for my birthday in June which I really enjoy. I look forward to getting this album by his sister.

Fran Boseman      9:32 PM Mon 10/5/2009

I going to order the album from Amazon. The song about Chapel Hill is great, but I did not see &quot;The Weight&quot; listed as one of the album&#39;s tracks. Where can I get that?

Sue W      9:22 PM Mon 10/5/2009

What a great write up, thanks Charly. Kate&#39;s new album is getting great reviews on Amazon.com. Fun to hear all five of the Taylor kids singing.

Frank Young      8:41 PM Mon 10/5/2009

You have made my day, and my week. It is about time Kate Taylor got her due. She is an incredible singer and I look forward to downloading her new album.

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