In Memoriam: R. Dean Taylor (1939 – 2022)

Richard Dean Taylor (May 11, 1939 – January 7, 2022) was a Canadian musician, most notable as a singer, songwriter, and record producer for Motown during the 1960s and 1970s. According to Jason Ankeny, Taylor was “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 1970 hit “Indiana Wants Me”, which hit No. 1 in Cash Box in the United States and was also No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the UK. It peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became well known in the United Kingdom for other hits, including “Gotta See Jane” and “There’s a Ghost in My House”.

Taylor died at home on January 7, 2022, at the age of 82. He had been ill since contracting COVID-19 the previous year. At the time of his death he had been married for 52 years to his wife Janee.

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