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Old 09-06-2010, 11:19 AM
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Default RIP Mike Taylor. John Denver's 1st lead guitarist.

Mike Taylor, co-writer of Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on My Shoulders, Eagle and the Hawk and Season Suite passed away yesterday. His guitar licks are heard on many John Denver albums from the 70s.

Mike was the one that created the opening guitar lick on Rocky Mountain High.

A picture of Mike in the 70s (from the Rocky Mountain High album)


Mike Taylor, John Denver's first lead guitarist playing "Late Winter Early Spring" (he created the great lead work on that song) with Pete Huttlinger John Denver's final lead guitarist.
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Wow. I'm listening to Rocky Mtn High at the same moment I clicked onto this. Now that's beyond weird.
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RIP.

I spent hours, days,weeks and months trying to learn Late Winter, Early Spring back in Junior High School. What a great tune.

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Sorry to hear that. I searched but couldn't find any info of his passing.
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Aw, man. I'm officially old.
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I love the riff and I love John's music. Thanks for making me aware of Mike's passing. May he rest in peace...
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What did he die of?
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RIP. He and Maury Mueleisen (lead for Croce) taught me a bunch. Don't hear guys like that much anymore.

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About the only web mention I could find is HERE.
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I found this eulogy / article:
http://hosting-tributes-15976.tribut...aylor-89296613

Late Winter Early Spring - lots of memories.

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Thanks for the link. Mike was a friend of mine on Hilton Head Island. As extraordinary as he was as a guitarist and song writer, he was more so in his dedication to history and the preservation of a way of life few appreciated.

On the island, we shared music and stories. He was a great muscian and friend.
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About the only web mention I could find is HERE.
Thanks for that Bob......I found this on Pete Huttlinger's website.

http://www.petehuttlinger.com/news.cfm
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Thanks for the link. Mike was a friend of mine on Hilton Head Island. As extraordinary as he was as a guitarist and song writer, he was more so in his dedication to history and the preservation of a way of life few appreciated.

On the island, we shared music and stories. He was a great muscian and friend.
saronpress - Glad to welcome you to the AGF, but sorry on the loss of your friend.

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Sorry to hear about the death of Mike.
I loved his guitar work and spent many nights listening to him playing
Late Winter Early Spring with John Denver.
My thoughts go out to his family.
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