Monday 2 January 2023


Kingsize Taylor died January 2, 2023, at age 83. 






Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were a British rock and roll band, formed in Liverpool in the late 1950s. One of the first beat groups in the Merseyside area, they were a locally popular and influential group who were contemporaries and rivals of The Beatles, and featured Cilla Black as a guest singer before her solo career, but had little commercial success except in Germany. 

Ted Taylor (b. Edward William Taylor, 12 November 1939, in Crosby, Liverpool, Lancashire), called "Kingsize" for his 6.5 ft (2.0 m) height, joined North Liverpool group the Dominoes as lead vocalist and guitarist in 1958.

In December 1962, Taylor recorded several performances by The Beatles at the Star-Club, on reel-to-reel tape; the recordings were eventually released in 1977 as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962, after legal proceedings over their ownership were resolved. 

The performances were recorded on a home tape machine (Kingsize had purchased a Philips RK 14 four-track mono reel-to-reel tape recorder) using a single microphone (Sennheiser), resulting in a low fidelity recording. Ted Taylor began to investigate possible marketing of the tapes in 1973. The tapes were eventually bought by Paul Murphy and subjected to extensive audio processing to improve the sound, leading to the 1977 album. 

Portions of The Beatles' final Star-Club performances (along with other acts) were recorded by the club's stage manager, Adrian Barber, for Ted "Kingsize" Taylor. Barber used a Grundig home reel-to-reel recorder at a tape speed of 3¾ inches per second, with a single microphone placed in front of the stage.Taylor, leader of The Dominoes (who were also playing at the club), said that John Lennon verbally agreed to the group being recorded in exchange for Taylor providing the beer during their performances.


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