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Taste was an Irish rock and blues band formed in 1966. Its founder was songwriter and musician Rory Gallagher.Formed in Cork, Ireland, in Aug 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher,guitars and vocals, Eric Kitteringham,bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In their early years Taste toured in Hamburg and Ireland before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, NI.
In 1968 Taste began performing in the UK where the original lineup split up. The new line-up was Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. The new Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor. While with Polydor, Taste began touring the US and Canada with the British supergroup Blind Faith. In April 1969, Taste released the first of their two studio albums, the self-titled Taste, with On the Boards following in early 1970, the latter showing the band's jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks. In November that year, the band, along with Yes, opened for Cream at Cream's farewell concerts.
They performed in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival, alongside Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Later that year Taste toured Europe but were disbanded by Gallagher, who decided to pursue a solo career, performing their last show on New Year's Eve in Belfast.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments