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Independence Arch

Bajans, Where Are They Now, 2

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JOHN E. TAYLOR

     There were a few changes in short order.  Philip left the band, and so I transferred from lead guitar to bass guitar.  We then brought in Anthony Da Silva as lead guitarist, and added Michael Clarke as an additional vocalist.  We added a keyboard to the line up, with JR, playing that instrument, as he was very talented musically.  Our music consisted of mainly Top 40 stuff, but also lots of ‘island music', as we catered to a large tourist crowd.

 

     As time went by, we got better and better, and played at many of the hotel establishments that provided music for their guests.  We also played at many of the popular night clubs in Barbados, namely The Cat’s Whiskers/Mary’s Moustache/Caribbean Pepperpot.

 

First TTC Band

     Unfortunately, like most things in life, some members of the band left, and although we had replacements, the sound was not the same, so we formally disbanded sometime in 1973, if memory serves me correctly.

 

     I was out of music for some time, as I went to work for Seawell Air Services, and with varying shifts, it was not possible to be active in a musical group.

 

     I worked at SAS until 1983, that was when I  left the shores of Barbados, to live in Canada with my wife Roberta.

John and the band as the years progressed.

Bajanz North at Oshawa

2nd TTC Band