Veteran singer songwriter Charlie Taylor was born in Abilene, Texas in 1943 and raised in Western Kentucky (Mayfield) and Westport, CT through out the late 50′s and 60′s. As a youngster Taylor absorbed the Grand Ole Opry in the late 1940′s while soaking up the blues in the 1950′s from Nashville, Chicago, St Louis and Memphis every evening on his short wave radio. Taylor’s mother was a gifted piano player and turned Charlie on to the Nat King Cole Trio, jazz and the Big Bands before he had even entered elementary school.
In the late 1950′s Taylor moved to Westport, CT where he met Barry Tashian (later of Boston’s The Remains) and a young fellow Westport Downshifter Michael Douglas (Oscar winning Actor/ Producer). Charlie also met a young Don Law, Jr. later to become one of the most successful concert promoters in the world. Mike Borchetta (Capitol, Curb Records) was also a classmate of Charlie’s at Staples High School. Charlie joined The Westport Downshifters and immersed himself in the hot rod culture of the late 50′s. Starting in 1961 Taylor spent four years in Lexington, KY at Transylvania University where he toured with Little Hilton and the Artesians playing frat parties, sock hops, local radio shows and learning from other bands such as the legendary Monarchs, The Sultans and Little Enis and the Table Toppers.