Rory Gallagher and Taste Autographs
Rory Gallagher and Taste Autographs. Autograph Cut of flyer signed in pencil by Rory Gallagher; John Wilson and Richard McCracken. A white card signed by the members of Taste. John Wilson, Sam Davidson and Richard McCracken.
William Rory Gallagher (2 March 1948 – 14 June 1995). Was an Irish blues and rock multi instrumentalist. Songwriter, and bandleader. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. Brought up in Cork. Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After forming the band Taste during the late 1960s. He was a talented guitarist known for his charismatic performances and dedication to his craft. Gallagher’s albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Gallagher received a liver transplant in 1995. But sadly died of complications later that year in London UK at the age of 47.
Taste (originally The Taste) was formed in Cork, Ireland. In August 1966 as a trio of Rory on guitars and vocals. Eric Kitteringham on bass and Norman Damery on drums. In their early years. Taste toured in Hamburg and Ireland. Before becoming a regular act at Maritime Hotel. An R&B club in Belfast. Northern Ireland.
In 1968. Taste began performing in the UK where the original lineup split up. The new lineup formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. The new Taste moved permanently to London. Where they signed with the record label Polydor. In November 1968. The band, along with Yes; opened for Cream at Cream’s farewell concerts. While with Polydor. Taste began touring the United States and Canada with the British supergroup Blind Faith. In April 1969. Taste released the first of their two studio albums, the self titled Taste. On the Boards following in early 1970. The latter showing the band’s jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks.