Dean Taylor born Richard Dean Taylor11 May  is a Canadian singer, most notable as a recording artistsongwriter and record producer for Motown during the s and s.
According to Jason Ankeny, Taylor "remains one of the most underrated acts ever to record under the Motown aegis. As a singer, American audiences know Taylor best for his chart-topping hit " Indiana Wants Me ",  which hit No. It peaked at No. The song was featured in the opening minutes of the American movie, The Ninth Configuration.
Born in TorontoOntarioCanada, Taylor began his career inas a pianist and singer with several music bands in Toronto. He also made his first recordings infor the Audiomaster record label.
His next single, "I'll Remember", on the Barry label, was a No. In Detroit, Taylor was hired by Motown Records in as a songwriter and recording artist for the Motown subsidiary V. Taylor's scheduled first single March for V. It was not until November that Taylor's debut V. It was written by Taylor in conjunction with Brian Hollandand produced by the team of Holland and Lamont Dozierwho had already produced five No.
However, the song was only a regional success in several U. It was also a commercial disappointment in the US — but it was a No. Taylor resumed his recording career inbecoming one of the first artists assigned to Motown's new subsidiary Rare Earthwhich was dedicated to white artists. His single "Taos New Mexico" did not do well on the Canadian charts. Though he never again scored the charts as he had done with "Indiana Wants Me", his releases did moderately well, especially in Canada.
As a Canadian citizen, he could be played on CKLW and other Canadian radio stations and Dimes Blackout Society - Various - Razor: The Sharpest Riffs Known To Man towards the stations' Canadian content quotas.
Taylor attempted a comeback during the early s, after which he had a hiatus from the music industry. He also established his own record company, Jane Records.
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