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“Taos New Mexico”: Not the City’s Fault

R. Dean Taylor not only wrote songs with famed Motown songwriting team, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland, but was a hit-making artist in his own right who recorded for Motown – and yet why does it seem like almost nobody in the United States has heard of him?

One reason for Taylor’s lack of visibility in the U.S. might be explained by the fact that he often enjoyed better commercial success in Canada and the UK & abroad.  For instance, “Taos New Mexico” – issued on Motown imprint, Rare Earth, in March 1972 – reached #48 in Canada and #22 in the Netherlands but only #83 in its original country of release:

“Taos New Mexico” – a song about doing time that’s disquietingly jaunty – also enjoyed single release in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Philippines, Australia & Canada.

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Dean Musical Trivia

– Only two songs are listed in the 45Cat database about the city of Taos and both are by artists named Dean:  Eddie Dean & R. Dean Taylor.

– R. Dean Taylor’s scheduled first single (March 1964) for Berry Gordy’s V.I.P. label was the novelty Beatle protest tune, “My Ladybug (Stay Away From That Beatle)”, but it was deemed too weak for release and remained unissued – until 2001 CD anthology, R. Dean Taylor:  The Essential Collection.

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