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 Richard Evans “Dickie” Taylor

Richard Evans “Dickie” Taylor

Birth
Illinois, USA
Death 30 Nov 2010 (aged 70)
Lacombe, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 101242954 · View Source
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RICHARD DICKIE TAYLOR of Lacombe LA passed away on Tuesday November 30 2010 in Lacombe LA. Beloved husband of Bobby Taylor for the past 40 years. Father of Lena Ann James Mary Ellen Clair Gabrielle Elise Carter Jennifer Allison Sheefield Richard Evans Taylor Jr. and the late B. Owen Poland. Son of the late Wilburn and Florence Taylor. Brother of the late Gary Taylor and Patricia Taylor. Also survived by 11 grandchildren. Age 70 years a native of Chicago IL and a resident of Lacombe for the past 40 years. Dickie was 1/3 of the Ronnie Kole trio and many other bands. He was the drummer and leader of the DUKES of Dixieland for the past 20 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a memorial services at HONAKER FUNERAL HOME 1751 GAUSE Blvd. WEST (IN FOREST LAWN CEMETERY) Slidell LA on Saturday December 4 2010 at 12:00pm. Visitation will be from 10:00am until 12:00pm. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery Slidell LA. Please visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook. Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home Inc. Slidell LA.


From Offbeat Tom McDermott:
Dickie Taylor, a drummer on the New Orleans scene for 45 years, passed away November 30. Taylor grew up in Chicago, where he began his career in blues and rock bands. He dated the future pop star Jackie DeShannon in high school and played a couple gigs with Muddy Waters, but turned down the regular chair with Muddy with regret.

He began playing with fellow Chicagoan Ronnie Kole in 1963. Ronnie Kole and the Heavyweights, with an average weight of over 300 pounds, toured nationally for three years before dieting down to the Ronnie Kole Trio. "When I met Dickie, he was a rock 'n' roll drummer who didn't own a pair of brushes," says Kole. "But he developed into an outstanding, all-around player." With Kole and bassist Everett Link, Taylor played a long residency on Bourbon Street's Kole's Corner, as well as many national and international tours, and Carnegie Hall in 1974.

The 1980s found Taylor working with a variety of trad jazz leaders, including Connie Jones, Eddie Bayard and Banu Gibson. It was not uncommon for him to play six days of double shifts per week, and at one point for a few months, he even played six days of "triples," or three gigs a day. It was this kind of stamina that led musicians to compare his strength to that of five gorillas.

In 1990, Dickie was offered the leader's chair in the Dukes of Dixieland. After the passing of the founding Assuntos, the band had lapsed far away from its trad origins, and Taylor is given credit for injecting a bit of New Orleans into the band and turning it back around. Dickie made his second appearance at Carnegie Hall with the band in 1992, and toured and recorded with them up until the summer of 2010.

Ronnie Magri, a New York drummer who heard Dickie many times during the last 15 years and who subbed for him towards the end, describes him as "a powerhouse, an athlete. He could play four hours of fast tempos and it wouldn't faze him a bit. He swung hard. I'm not surprised to hear his favorite drummer was Ray Bauduc because he really sounded like him, especially later Bauduc when he used the ride cymbal more."

Everett Link, who with Kole and the Dukes played more gigs with Taylor than anyone, says, "He was a brother to me, and was one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. He was as loved by his fellow musicians as anyone I've ever met, and I don't think you'll find anyone to argue with that." Dickie Taylor was 70 years old.


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  • Created by: GBeyer
  • Added: 24 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101242954
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Evans “Dickie” Taylor (23 Jan 1940–30 Nov 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101242954, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by GBeyer (contributor 47360293) .