Three days ago, I posted a story with a link to a piece in the Daily Mail which quoted Mick Taylor saying that he was about to hire a lawyer to sue the Rolling Stones for back royalties on six albums he played on, having received no royalties since 1982. Now comes a denial from the Guardian UK. The Daily Mail story also claimed MT was living in a down-at-the-heels dump in Suffolk, but the story says he’s staying in Holland with his girlfriend while his place is being remodeled.
Before joining the Stones, Mick played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, one of the seminal white blues outfits who helped usher in the great blues revival of the sixties.
I played with Mick Taylor in the Carla Olson Band in the 1990s, when I was living in LA. Besides being a lifelong Stones fan, I became particularly fond of Mick and I remain awed by his talent. He’s long been one of the world’s truly great guitarists. Mick played on the studio albums Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Goat’s Head Soup, and It’s Only Rock n’ Roll, and several live albums, too. Many Stones fans still believe that Mick Taylor’s contributions brought the band to its pinnacle of greatness. Remember the solo on Moonlight Mile? How about Sway and Soul Survivor? Whatever the real story is, I wish him well.