Thanks to Tony for sharing this news with On The Wight readers. Ed
Island guitar legend Dick Taylor, formerly a founder member of The Rolling Stones and still lead guitarist with The Pretty Things, will be celebrating his 70th birthday at the Crab & Lobster Tap, Ventnor on Friday 25th January.
Dick has a long association with the Island which started with family holidays when he was a small boy. His parents eventually bought a holiday cottage in Ventnor and when Dick’s life changed direction in the 1980s he came to live permanently in Ventnor.
Immersed in the Island music scene
As well as continuing to tour with The Pretty Things Dick threw himself into the Island music scene, giving lessons, helping out at St Catherine’s School and providing fantastic support to the Ventnor Guitar Club as well as sitting in with various bands.
Dick, together with another Island musician Tony Minx, formed the now highly successful Hillmans Blues Band (“My Island Band” says Dick) who enjoy great success here and on the mainland. When Dick is touring, another Island guitarist Ross Honeybourne takes over lead guitar.
Dick’s life as a professional rock guitarist has been colourful, eventful and at times downright hilarious. He has some fabulous tales to tell and remains a modest, thoughtful and articulate man. His energy levels put most of his younger contemporaries to shame!
Why not come and share his big day? The venue is free, the music will be superb, the pub will be packed with Fans and friends and a good time is guaranteed for all. The fun kicks off at 9pm with a special presentation taking place at 10pm.