Formed in the mid-sixties, Vancouver, Canada.
Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers comprised of:
Bobby Taylor (lead vocals) b. Robert Edward Taylor, 18th February 1934, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. d. 22nd July 2017, Hong Kong.
Tommy Chong (guitar) b. Thomas B. Kin Chong, 24th May 1938, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Albert Leroy Harrison (keyboards) d. 24th August 2008, Southlake Methodist Hospital, Gary, Indiana, U.S.A.
Wes Henderson (guitar) b. 11th May 1942, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Robbie King (keyboards) b. 27th May 1947, Malartic, Quebec, Canada. d. 17th September 2003, Vancouver, Canada.
Ted Lewis (drums)
Mel Brown (drums)
Duris Maxwell (drums) b. 15th June 1946, Canada.
Eddie Patterson (bass)
Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers were formed in Canada.
They were signed to Motown in 1967.
At that time they began touring with Gladys Knight and the Pips.
The following year they released 'Does Your Mama Know About Me?', which was a hit and was followed by the songs 'Malinda' and 'I Am Your Man'.
After issuing a self-titled debut album (below), the Vancouvers split, and Tommy Chong formed the comedy double act Cheech And Chong.
They were popular in the early 70's with their drug-related humour.
Bobby's first solo album came in 1969, entitled 'Taylor Made Soul'.
Bobby Taylor remained with Motown as a soloist, and was responsible for discovering the Jackson Five.
Bobby left Motown in the early 70's and recorded for several more years, having one minor hit in 1975 with 'Why Play Games'.
In 1988, he signed to lan Levine's Motor City label and was instrumental in re-establishing contact with dozens of ex-Motown acts.
A compilation release entitled 'Tamla Motown Connoisseurs' was released in 2001, with a rare Bobby Taylor tune, entitled 'Don't Be Afraid', within the artistic line-up.
Bobby returned to the U.K. for a show in 2006, with a retrospective release accompanying the schedule's, including many unreleased songs.
He died on Saturday morning, the 22nd of June 2017, at a hospital in Hong Kong.
Bobby had been suffering from cancer, and was undergoing treatment for leukaemia and tumors in his spine.
Bobby Taylor And The Vancouvers (Gordy Records 1968)
As Bobby Taylor:
Bobby Taylor, Taylor Made Soul (Gordy Records 1969)
Find My Way Back (Motor City Records 1990)