R. Dean Taylor (b. May 11, 1939) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer who became famous during the early 1970s. Born Richard Dean Taylor in Toronto, Ontario, he began singing at age 12 at various country and western shows and launched his career during the early 1960s as a singer and pianist with a number of local bands. During that time, he recorded several singles which received significant airplay on Toronto's CHUM radio station. In 1964, he began a long and productive career at Motown where he served as a songwriter, recording artist, and producer. With Eddie Holland, Frank Wilson, and others, Taylor co-wrote numerous songs for other Motown artists that included The Supremes' 1968 smash, "Love Child."
Taylor made his debut in 1970 on the Pop/Rock charts with the self-penned "Indiana Wants Me," a gripping rocker about a man on the run with police sirens and gunfire sound effects which became a top hit in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. Several minor hits followed through 1972 that included "Ain't It A Sad Thing" (1971), "Gotta See Jane" (1971), "Candy Apple Road" (1971), and "Taos New Mexico" (1972), which made the Adult Contemporary Top 40. "Gotta See Jane" was previously a Top 20 hit on the U.K. charts in 1968, and this song was also included in Taylor's 1970 album, "I Think, Therefore I Am." He also had a Top 5 U.K. hit in 1974 with "There's A Ghost In My House" (1974), which became a Northern soul classic. Taylor re-emerged years later in 1983 on the U.S. Country charts with "Let's Talk It Over."
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