RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
KING SIZE TAYLOR & THE DOMINOES (THE SHAKERS)
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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. The band played local clubs, and Taylor developed a reputation as one of the best rock and roll singers in the Liverpool area as well as being noted for his vivid chequered jackets. By summer 1960, the group were being billed as Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. They first performed at the Cavern Club in January 1961, when they featured 17 year old singer Cilla White, who was mistakenly renamed Cilla Black later that year. At the beginning of 1962, the band were placed sixth in a Mersey Beat readers' poll, topped by The Beatles. In the summer, the band (without Cilla Black) went to Hamburg, where they began making regular appearances at the Star-Club. Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were signed by Decca Records in Germany, and also recorded there for the Philips and Ariola labels. In 1963 they recorded an album, Live At The Star Club for Ariola, with whom they had a recording contract, but were also persuaded to make a separate album for Polydor. The album, Let's Do the Slop, Twist, Madison, Hully Gully..., was released under the pseudonym of The Shakers. Three singles from the album - "Money", "Whole Lotta Lovin'", and "Hippy Hippy Shake" - were released by Polydor in the UK. All the recordings by Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were covers of rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs by other artists; they wrote no songs themselves. While in Germany, they also performed regularly in Kiel and Berlin, and acted as backing group for Alex Harvey, before returning to the UK to back Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins on tour in 1964. The original Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes split up at the end of 1964, with the Dominoes remaining in the UK to work. Taylor returned with his German wife to Hamburg. After recording a solo single for Decca in London in 1964, "Somebody's Always Tryin'", with Jimmy Page on guitar, he gave up the music business and returned to Crosby on Merseyside. There, and later at Birkdale, he ran a family butcher's business for over thirty years until his retirement. Taylor returned to live in Germany in 2006, and continued to perform with a band called The Brotherhood of Rock 'n' Soul.

MEMBERS:

Ted "Kingsize" Taylor (Lead Guitar and Vocals)
Arthur Baker left early (Vocals)
George Watson left early (Guitar)
Charlie Flynn left early (Guitar)
Sam Hardie and by Geoff Bethell and Dave Woods (Piano)
Cliff Roberts replaced by Dave Lovelady and by Brian Redman and then by Gibson Kemp (Drums)
Bobby Thompson replaced by Ken Shalliker (Bass and Vocals)
John Kennedy replaced by John Frankland (Rhythm Guitar)
Howie Casey (Saxophone)

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All Around The World / Slippin' And Slidin'
You Can't Sit Down / Hello Josephine
UK
Decca DFE 8569
Value: 280
TEENBEAT VOL. 2

Hanging Up My Heart / Thinkin' / Let Me Love You
Somebody's Always Trying / Looking For My Baby
Germany
Merseyside's Greatest MGEP 901016
Value: 60
RARE BEAT VOL. 4 - 1990

Hello Josephine
Stupidity
Germany
Ariola 10 578 AT
Value: 35

I'm Late
I've Been Watching You
Germany
Ariola 10 728 AT
Value: 100

I've Been Watching You / Shake, Shake, Shake
Clarabella / I'm Late
Germany
Ariola 41 168 CT
Value: 240
TEENBEAT VOL. 2

Lipstick Powder And Paint
Heebie Jeebies
Germany
Ariola 18 074 AT
Value: 120

Mashed Potatoes And Hot Pastrami / Green Onions
Hello Josephine / Long Tall Sally
Germany
Polydor EPH 21 628
Value: 100
TWIST AND SHAKE

Memphis Tennessee
Dizzy Miss Lizzy
Germany
Polydor 52 928
Value: 35

Memphis Tennessee / Money
Twist And Shout / Mashed Potatoes And Hot Pastrami
France
Polydor 50 025
Value: 50
AS THE SHAKERS

Money
Hippy Hippy Shake
Germany
Polydor NH 52 158
Value: 40
AS THE SHAKERS

Sky Boat Song
Down In The Valley
Germany
Ariola 10 730 AT
Value: 80

The Fortune Teller
Never In A Hundered Years
Germany
Philips 345 618 PF
Value: 100

Unchain My Heart / Hello Josephine
All Around The World / Stupidity
Spain
Vergara 117-XC
Value: 150
SHOW EN STAR-CLUB

Whole Lotta Lovin'
I Can Tell
Germany
Polydor NH 52 272
Value: 40
  

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