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Alex Taylor

by Arthur "Dan" Gifford


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Ruth Willets Gooden      7:33 PM Sat 10/1/2011

Does anyone know of Alex&#39;s wife Brent Blackmer? I would love to be able to contact her - we were college roommates.<br \>

Morten Sarvig      4:11 PM Sun 5/15/2011

Hi Greetings from Denmark<br \><br \>Been studying music and playing for many years, still today I force :) my students too listen to Alex`s &quot;Neighbor and Friends&quot;. Got that record a long time ago - still one of the best albums I got. Thank You Alex<br \><br \>Regards Morten

Larry Holder      9:18 PM Tue 8/10/2010

For whatever reason, I just googled Mrs. Bagby&#39;s dance class and found this page. What an experience that was. I think I got in only because my older siblings had gotten in. Chapel Hill was a great place to live. Left mid-7th grade to move to Memphis. My favorite teacher was Mrs. George, 4th grade at Glenwood Elementary. I actually found her (retired and living with daughter in Chattanooga) just a year or so ago, and called her to say a belated thank you for being a great teacher. I&#39;ve also relocated my best friend from 4th grade, Marcus Ollington. Can you say facebook? :-)

Jamie Cromartie      2:26 PM Fri 3/12/2010

Wow, what a great account. thanks for that.<br \><br \>Jamie

Corey      2:24 PM Sun 11/22/2009

Great article! Thank you very much.<br \><br \>@Lloyd Baskin: Dancing with the Devil is pretty good. His voice just kept getting bigger and huskier. It feels a lot like Voodoo In Me, and for good reason - same producer (Bob Greenlee), a lot of the same players, same record company (King Snake Records). Alex Taylor co-wrote two of the songs on the album: the title track and &quot;No Life At All&quot;. <br \><br \>I would love to see all of his stuff re-released or back in print, possibly as a box set. I understand there&#39;s also quite a bit of unreleased stuff that should see the light of day.

Bill Green      9:14 AM Wed 10/14/2009

I actually saw Alex&#39;s band perform once as the Fabulous Corsairs at a Frat Party in 64 or 65. He was a great showman, and is still the best soul and blues cover singer I&#39;ve ever heard.

Michael Eder      11:26 AM Tue 10/13/2009

I can&#39;t tell you how much I enjoy Chapel Hill Memories. Thanks so much for all your effort. <br \><br \>This piece on Alex Taylor is superb!

Sue W      9:07 PM Mon 10/12/2009

Mrs. Bagby&#39;s social dance class....oh lordy....do I rememeber that.

Sue W      8:55 PM Mon 10/12/2009

Alex Taylor was in my grade in elementary school. He stood out from the rest of the Taylors because he looked &amp; acted nothing like his brothers &amp; sister &amp; he loved rock &amp; roll. I think James attributes his getting into folk music instead of classical music to Alex. He was a funny wild guy even in elementary school &amp; lived life to the fullest. I&#39;ve got a few of his CD&#39;s. You can order them through Amazon... the CD&#39;s are uneven. Some of the songs much better than others. I was saddened to hear of his death. RIP Alex. Once again a great article about an interesting family. Thanks for allowing Dan Gifford to pay tribute to his friend.

Lloyd Baskin      2:40 PM Mon 10/12/2009

Alex did an album called DANCING WITH THE DEVIL that I have never heard. I love his other three albums, and would like to know what people who have heard this album think of it.

Jamie Simon      9:53 AM Mon 10/12/2009

Thanks for this piece on Alex. I have enjoyed the Kate Taylor album you recommended, and hearing Alex and Kate sing on &quot;The Weight&quot; was a thrill.<br \>Do you know if there is more material of the two of them singing together?

Charly Mann      8:47 AM Mon 10/12/2009

It is really a coincidence that we&#39;ve had all the Taylor family articles recently. Kate just happened to have a great new CD and DVD this month, and Dan Gifford, one of Alex&#39;s childhood&#39;s friends just submitted this article.<br \><br \>I have actually been working on a piece on Dr Issac Taylor that contains some things few people know about this very progessive man. (I will probably now wait to publish it next year .)<br \><br \>There are many other accomplished Chapel Hill families including the Spencers, Strowds, and Danzigers.

Ricky Stevens      9:17 PM Sun 10/11/2009

You seem to be doing a lot your articles recently on the Taylor family. I hope you start providing a wider variety of subjects soon. But if you must stay on this theme please do not ignore my favorite Taylor; Livingston.

Madeline Jones      8:37 PM Sun 10/11/2009

It is so great hearing Alex&#39;s incredible voice and seeing pictures of him again. He had such a big heart and was so protective of people he cared for.

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