B. E. Taylor


William Edward "B E" Taylor March 18, 1951 – August 7, 2016 was the lead singer of the pop rock band B E Taylor Group and a solo artist The group's 1983 single, "Vitamin L", reached No 66 on the Billboard 100 singles chart

Contents

  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Later years and death
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 With B E Taylor Group
      • 311 Albums
      • 312 Singles
    • 32 As a solo artist
      • 321 Albums
      • 322 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Life and career

Hailing from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, he was the eldest of three sons of Bill and Betty Taylor Born William Edward, he was called 'Billy Eddie' by his mother, which he eventually shortened to B E While in high school, he formed BE Taylor and The Establishment

Taylor moved to Wheeling, West Virginia in the mid-1980s

In 1991, Taylor, a dedicated Christian, contributed a reworking of “Silent Night” to a local station’s Christmas compilation, launching his second career as a holiday performer

Taylor went on to record five solo albums and developed a following in the adult contemporary market with his annual Christmas tours He had also performed for many popular television programs in the 1990s, including the award-winning LightMusic, for which he was the music director, Nickelodeon, and its night-time programming block, Nick At Nite In 1984, the B E Taylor Group scored MTV video rotation and a Billboard regional No 1 hit with the song "Vitamin L"

Taylor's longtime guitarist and collaborator, Rick Witkowski, is also a member of the progressive rock band, Crack the Sky In 2008, Taylor was awarded the Duquesne University Lifetime Achievement Award

Later years and death

In March 2007, Taylor was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor During the years of treatment, he released the album B E Taylor Christmas 3 and a concert DVD, completed eight Christmas tours, took part in Valentine and summer concerts

He died on August 7, 2016, aged 65 from complications of the tumor He was survived by his wife Veronica Née DeBlasis Taylor and two children, BC and Tahnee

Discography

With B E Taylor Group

Albums

  • Innermission 1982
  • Love Won the Fight 1983
  • Life Goes On EP 1984
  • Our World 1986

Singles

  • "Never Hold Back" 1982 - #54 Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
  • "Love Won the Fight" 1983
  • "Just A Beat Away" 1983
  • "Vitamin L" 1984 - #66 Billboard Hot 100
  • "Dangerous Rhythm" 1986
  • "Reggae Rock & Roll" 1986
  • "Karen" 1986 - #94 Billboard Hot 100

As a solo artist

Albums

  • B E Taylor Christmas 1994
  • Try Love 1997
  • B E Taylor Christmas 2 2000
  • One Nation Under God 2004
  • Love Never Fails 2006
  • B E Taylor Christmas 3 2012

Singles

  • "This Time" 1997 - #29 Gavin Adult Contemporary
  • "Love You All Over Again" 1997 - #28 Gavin Adult Contemporary
  • "Let There Be Peace On Earth" 2002

References

  1. ^ Mervis, Scott August 8, 2016 "Singer BE Taylor, of 'Vitamin L' and Christmas Tour fame, dies at 65" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Retrieved October 27, 2016 
  2. ^ a b c Tri-state area loses music legend BE Taylor, WTOV 9 August 8, 2016 Retrieved August 8, 2016
  3. ^ Bethel, Betsy August 9, 2016 "BE Taylor Leaves A Legacy of Love in the Ohio Valley" The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register Retrieved August 11, 2016 
  4. ^ Passing of Tom Green, Pioneer Contemporary Christian Broadcaster Christian Connection Retrieved 2006-12-03
  5. ^ Who the "L" are we Archived 2007-04-04 at the Wayback Machine Studio L website Retrieved 2006-12-03
  6. ^ Bethel, Betsy August 8, 2016 "BE Taylor, 65, Dies" The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register Retrieved October 27, 2016 
  7. ^ a b Pittsburgh musician BE Taylor dies WTAEcom August 8, 2016 Retrieved August 8, 2016

External links

  • Official B E Taylor website


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