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Chip Taylor Biography

Chip Taylor is an American songwriter, noted for writing “Angel of the Morning” and “Wild Thing.” His songs have been covered and often made into hits, by a wide range of artists, including Janis Joplin, Juice Newton, Anne Murray, Ace Frehley, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris.

Chip Taylor Age

Taylor was born on March 21, 1940 in Yonkers, New York, U.S.. He is aged 79 years as of 2019.

Chip Taylor Net Worth

The songwriters’ net worth is 1.6 Million US dollars.

Chip Taylor Education and Early Life

Taylor is the brother of actor Jon Voight and geologist Barry Voight and the uncle of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. Taylor attended the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut, for one year in 1961. Upon an unsuccessful attempt to become a professional golfer, Taylor entered the music business, writing pop and rock songs, both alone and with other songwriters, including Al Gorgoni (as the duo Just Us), Billy Vera, Ted Daryll and Jerry Ragovoy.

Chip Taylor Career

As “tune tailor”
His first big hit was “Wild Thing,” which, though originally recorded in 1965 by Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones, became famous as both a 1966 hit single for The Troggs and a 1967 live performance by Jimi Hendrix and was later covered by The Runaways and the Muppets.

Taylor’s second most recognizable song “Angel of the Morning,” was likewise originally recorded by Evie Sands in 1967, before becoming a hit for Merrilee Rush in 1968, then a million-selling single in 1981 for country-pop singer Juice Newton and eventually produced a compelling rendition from Chrissie Hynde.

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His other notable pop and country songs written by Taylor include “He Sits at Your Table” (Willie Nelson), “I Can’t Let Go” (Evie Sands, The Hollies, Linda Ronstadt), “The Baby” (The Hollies), “Worry” (Johnny Tillotson), “Make Me Belong to You” (Barbara Lewis), “I Can Make It With You” (The Pozo Seco Singers, Jackie DeShannon), “Any Way That You Want Me” (The Troggs, Evie Sands, Melanie, Juice Newton, Lita Ford, Liverpool Five).

“Step Out of Your Mind” (American Breed), “Country Girl City Man” (Billy Vera and Judy Clay), “I’ll Hold Out My Hand”, “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)” (Lorraine Ellison, Janis Joplin), “Julie” (Bobby Fuller Four, Marshall Crenshaw), “Lonely Is As Lonely Does” (The Fleetwoods), “Sweet Dream Woman” (Waylon Jennings), “A Little Bit Later On Down the Line” (Bobby Bare), “Rock Soldiers” (Ace Frehley), and “Son of a Rotten Gambler” (Emmylou Harris, the Hollies, Anne Murray).

Ace Records in 2009 released a compilation CD of some of Taylor’s compositions as recorded by other artists (Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor).

On his own
His first releases were on the King label and their subsidiary DeLuxe. Wes Voight and the Town Three released two 45s on DeLuxe, numbers 6176 “Midnight Blues” and 6180 “I Want A Lover” in 1958. He recorded for King as Wes Voight on 5211 “I’m Loving It”, and his final recording as Wes Voight on King 5231 “I’m Ready to Go Steady” and “The Wind and the Cold Black Night” in 1959.

The two King 45s were released in both mono and stereo, making them some of the first stereo singles available. He has released recordings on Warner Bros., Columbia and Capitol. His first chart single was his recording (as Chip Taylor) of “Here I Am” in 1962 on Warner Bros. Records.

Performing
He restarted his performing and recording career in 1993. At a South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas in 2001, Chip met singer and violinist Carrie Rodriguez, with whom he performed and recorded Americana music for several years. That duo recorded Let’s Leave This Town in 2002. Later they released The Trouble With Humans the following year and the critically acclaimed Red Dog Tracks in 2005.

All have since released successful solo albums. His double-CD Unglorious Hallelujah/Red Red Rose, his first solo album in five years, was quickly hailed as “a future classic” by Sonic Magazine, whose reviewer declared: “This is the best we’ve heard from Chip Taylor so far.” Rodriguez’s solo album, Seven Angels on a Bicycle, was released in August 2006. Late 2006 and early 2007, Rodriguez toured on her own but continued to perform with Taylor from time to time.

He has performed with alt-country singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks, playing bass for Fulks’s January 2004 date at Double Door in Chicago. He has done a series of shows with guitarist John Platania and the young singer/fiddler Kendel Carson and he produced both their 2007 albums. Shaggy utilized “Angel of the Morning” as the basis for his hit “Angel” in 2001.

Taylor’s album “Yonkers, NY” was a 2011 nominee for a Grammy Award for best recording package, but lost to “Brothers” by The Black Keys.

Train Wreck Records
Taylor launched his own independent label, Train Wreck Records in 2007.

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Many thanks to Folk Radio UK and Mike Davies for the feature on my latest album #WhiskeySalesman. Link in bio to read the it in full & find my UK tour dates at the bottom! Looking forward to seeing you all. 🎶

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