Andy Taylor

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For the fictional sheriff, see The Andy Griffith Show.

Andy Taylor (born 16 February 1961) is a British pop singer who plays guitar in the band Duran Duran.

He was born and raised in Newcastle, and began playing guitar at the age of eleven. He was soon playing with local bands, and even took a hand at producing one at the age of sixteen. He dropped out of school early to tour England and Europe with several different bands, playing men's clubs and air force bases.

Taylor joined Duran Duran in 1980 (easily the most experienced musician in the band), and enjoyed their crazy rise to fame over the next five years. He married Tracey Wilson, one of the band's hairstylists, in 1982. He grew dissatisfied with the band's keyboard-heavy synth pop, however, and longed to stretch out his rock muscles.

He invested in real estate, and owned a wine bar in Whitley Bay named "Rio" after one of Duran Duran's biggest hit singles.

During a hiatus in Duran's schedule, he joined forces with bassist John Taylor to create the band Power Station, which had two hit singles and ended up playing at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

After Power Station, Taylor allowed Duran Duran to believe he would be returning to record a new album, even as he was signing contracts for a solo career in Los Angeles. Eventually Duran sued to get him in the studio to complete the album Notorious, but he ended up playing on only a few tracks before departing the band completely. He later countersued to claim some of the royalties from that album.

In the meantime, he hooked up with ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and recorded the hit single "Take It Easy", which was used as the theme song from the movie American Anthem. This was followed by his first solo album, Thunder (1987).

A second solo album of cover versions, entitled Dangerous, was released in 1990.

Taylor played as a back up musician for several other stars, including Belinda Carlisle (on her single "Mad About You") and Robert Palmer; he wrote and produced for Rod Stewart and Thunder.

He then moved on to producing full time, working with several moderately successful bands throughout the 1990s.

He participated in the 1997 reunion of the Power Station, and then in 2001 reunited with the other original members of Duran Duran to record their first new music together since 1985. The album Astronaut features a good blend of Taylor's heavy guitar with the synth hooks of the classic Duran Duran sound.

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