Terry Scott Taylor TimeLine

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By Randy Peters
February 19, 1999

A Biography/Timeline of Terry Scott Taylor

May 28th, 1950
Terry Scott Taylor is born.
SOURCE: Article by Terry Taylor called “Angels In Cardigans”
Terry has a brother Randy and an Aunt Heidi who are both very close to Terry’s age.

SOURCE: “Zorro” by Terry S. Taylor (from the STUNT web site)
In 1959, when Terry was 9 years old, he loved to pretend he was Zorro.

RE: Terry’s grandparents raised him.
SOURCE: Terry Taylor
I spent a great deal of my childhood with my grandparents because of the many difficulties my parents had in the early years of their marriage. They were VERY young parents, and my grandparents were a source of support and comfort for two people who were just kids themselves. My grandfather was loving and generous in spirit and a great role model for me. I miss him greatly.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori website quoting Jeff Elbel “An Interview With Terry Taylor”, True Tunes News - Summer 1994
Terry: I was acquainted with the church where my mom went, which was not a good start for me. As a kid, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw going on. They would have nights of weeping and repentance. It was frightening. The next experience I had was over in Dana Point where I joined Royal Ambassadors, a sort of Christian Boy Scouts thing. The kid that invited me to go to Royal Ambassadors, Roger something-or-other, was the pastor's kid. Roger's favorite thing to do when his dad asked us to stand and pray, was to cut the cheese. And inevitably, we would laugh, and we would get in trouble because we were laughing during prayer. So, that was another strange church experience. (laugh) A druggie friend of mine (Timothy Warner) from high school became a Christian, and it was his testimony that had the greatest impact on me. He helped me to get away from looking at those past experiences, and look to the person of Christ; who He was, and what He did. That was refreshing and new.

SOURCE: Terry Taylor & Timothy Warner
When Terry was a High School sophomore in 1965, he was in a band called "Scarlet Staircase". A year later, he left the “Scarlet Staircase” to join with Tim Warner (rhythm guitar), Randy Ritchie (drums), Bud Rimback (bass), and Bruce Lochre (lead guitar) in their band "The Cardboard Scheme." Shortly afterwards, the "CopperBrick Window" was formed from the remnants of S.S., which among it's members included Tom Ransom and Terry’s brother-in-law Phil Terrell (Phil is Terry’s wife’s brother). With Terry’s addition, the 'Scheme' now had two lead singers. CopperBrick Window was a six man band, which ALSO including two lead singers, after the fashion of the “Scheme” and a very popular local San Jose band called "People" (which featured Larry Norman as one of the two lead singers for that band). They had the occasion to play with “People”. Terry and Timothy went to Los Gatos High, Larry was from neighboring rival Leigh High. “The Cardboard Scheme” played all over Santa Clara valley. Their repertoire consisted of Beatles and that type (including British Invasion stuff), as well as the more complex stuff of Buffalo Springfield (they did nothing even remotely Christian). And they did a ton of "Originals", written by Terry and Timothy. They lasted about a year as a band and broke up the summer before they were seniors. After the “Scheme” broke up and “CopperBrick” lost it's two singers, Terry was asked to join Phil and the two friends he had worked with in the Scarlet Staircase to form a "new" band with a different sound and a new name. "CopperBrick Window" was only considered a working title until they found their own name, which they did before they played their first official gig. Terry never thought of himself as being *IN* “CopperBrick Window” since they agreed they wanted to have their own identity. They called themselves "Fresh Babies", and out of THAT band Terry eventually formed another band called "Pecos Bill" which again included his brother-in-law (Phil) and Phil’s brother-in-law (Mike Sult).

SOURCE: Timothy Warner
“Copperbrick Window” was managed by Terry's (then future) brother-in-law Stan Sult (Stan is Terry's wife's sister's husband).

SOURCE: Terry Taylor and Timothy Warner
After the break-up of "Cardboard Scheme", Terry and Timothy sort of went seperate ways while in High School and the year or so after. In 1971, Timothy phoned Terry to tell him he re-dedicated his life to Christ. Terry had turned to the Lord as well. They started a trio with another guy, Doug Montgomery on vocals & percussion, and called themselves “Good Shepherd”. They began to write and play Christian music all over the place -- Bible Studies, Churches, Jesus Ralleys etc. A film was made in 1971 called The Son Worshipers in which they are featured with others such as "Love Song" and Larry Norman. They were on the verge of recording an album in the Bay Area when Timothy left the group in 1972 due to some personal problems (his battle with homosexuality).

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website (Known Demos & Unreleased Songs page)
It was during this time that “Ain’t Gonna Fight It”, “Meal” & “William” were written.

SOURCE: Tim Warner
“Ain’t Gonna Fight It” was written & sung by Terry but was performed many times by “Good Shepherd”

SOURCE: Eric & Jason Townsend & Tim Warner
Terry started another band in San Jose called “Judge Rainbow” with Bob Fraidenburgh, Joan Tibbs and some others. When that didn’t take off, he started another group with Steve Baxter called Jubal’s Last Band.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Street Level Artist Agency’s “Daniel Amos Biography”
Six years back, when four men got fellowship, they initially set out together in northern California to develop a ministry via Christian country-pop. Formed partially out of the remnants of an earlier Christian group, Jubal's Last Band, the newly monikered Daniel Amos soon found an eager audience for its musical message.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Quincy Smith-Newcomb CCM March 1983 “Daniel Amos: A Band For The New Age”
“Daniel Amos started.....when Terry Taylor, Steve Baxter, Jerry Chamberlain and Marty Dieckmeyer moved from San Jose to southern California near Costa Mesa”.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Rudy Grande of KLYT quoting Terry Taylor - June 1982 “An Interview With Terry `Daniel Amos’ Taylor”
Terry: Daniel Amos was a name that was chosen out of the Bible, the Old Testament. It's the prophets, Daniel and Amos. We were a country band at the time. We thought it would be a little different to put a couple of names together that sounded like an old country gentleman sitting out on the fence, strumming his guitar. Of course, it has caused some problems: "Who's Daniel and who's Amos?" There's no Daniel Amos in the band.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting CCM Magazine March 1981 “Whatever Happened To Horrendous Disc?”
Beginning it's not-so-renowned career touring the Calvary Chapel circuit, (Daniel Amos) signed with Maranatha! Music in 1975 and their first album Daniel Amos is recorded in the studio.

September 5, 1975
SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Harmony Magazine Sept/Oct/Nov 1975
“Bill Sprouse of Costa Mesa, CA, lead singer and keyboard player for the Road Home, died of a heart attack, September 5th. Sprouse, 26, suffered the coronary while showering in his home. It is believed that his weight of nearly 500 pounds had weakened his heart, bringing on the attack. Bill has been a musician all his life. Previous to his conversion to Christ three and a half years ago, he played in a group also called the Road Home, which had one album on ABC Dunhill. After that group broke up, he played in night clubs. He continued to do so for a few months after being saved and then joined the music ministries at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa CA. There, the new Road Home band was formed. The future of the Road Home is uncertain. Bill was the musical force behind the group. He was their song writer, lead vocalist, and had much to do with the instrumentation. Now, according to the group drummer, McTaggart, “We’re waiting on the Lord; trying to keep our ear close to Him. We do want to continue.” The Road Home had been planning their first album. They have one song recorded “Psalm 5” which will appear on the “Maranatha 5” album. The group finished the instrumentation tracks for the song after Bill’s death. The group had one song, “Since I met Jesus”, which was on the “Maranatha 4” album. “

early 1976
SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting “Da Takes That Big Bite” (HRS Fall 1987)
“Ain’t Gonna Fight It” is released on Maranatha 5 becoming the first DA song. The band’s first album Daniel Amos is released. Ed MacTaggart (drums) joins the band soon after.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Quincy Smith-Newcomb CCM March 1983 “Daniel Amos: A Band For The New Age”
Steve Baxter left Daniel Amos and went to Colorado to play country music.

SOURCE: email from John K. Lucas (DADL)
Steve Baxter had been working hanging dry wall in Southern California after he left the band. As of 1986, he was playing at different churches around the country (not C&W but a real soulful rock).

Mark Cook (keyboards) joins DA.

Shotgun Angel is released.

Late 1977
SOURCE: Toby’s (Lost Eddie) website
Very shortly after the release of Shotgun Angel in the summer of 1977, new songs were being written and played live. Among these were "Hound of Heaven", "Happily Married Man" and "After All These Years". At that rate, they probably had most of HD’s songs written by the new year.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Brian Quincy Newcomb in “The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part One”
Terry: People loved the Shotgun Angel thing. We did the Anaheim Convention Center, in which we had a full orchestra, and Chuck Smith spoke after the band played. And we did that all over, in Sacramento and at Riverside, so there had been a lot of acceptance.

Early 1978
Alex MacDougall (percussion) joins DA.

SOURCE: email from ML Brock (DADL)
Around 1978-1980, when DA performed live, Ed McTaggart & Alex MacDougall both had drum sets, but Alex stayed mainly at the huge percussion area he had. He had some pretty strange looking home-made instruments, also. Seems like he had milk jugs, with BB's, sand, something in them. It made for an interesting evening just to watch what Alex would start hitting on next!

April 1978 (Easter Weekend)
DA does a live show at the Anaheim Convention Center. It was recorded and would eventually be released on CD in 1994, entitled Preachers From Outer Space.
March 16, 1978
SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting CCM Magazine March 1981 “Whatever Happened To Horrendous Disc?”
The band began working on it's third album in what was then known as Maranatha Studios (now Whitefield Studios -- Terry said it is “not a great studio”) in Santa Ana. The project was quickly finished by the summer. They would later leave Maranatha! Records (on good terms) before HD was released.

Late 1978-early 1979
There is consensus among all parties that during this time, two songs were dropped from HD and two new songs were added. There is some conflict as to which songs these were. Different reports are as follows:

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting CCM Magazine March 1981 “Whatever Happened To Horrendous Disc?”
Due to delays in releasing HD and the subsequent evolution of DA’s material, two cuts were dropped, two were added. The two new cuts were: "I Love You #19" and "Hound Of Heaven".

SOURCE: Terry Scott Taylor
“I'm not real sure what songs were dropped. The possibilities are these :
1) You Always Run Away From Love
2) After All These Years
3) Never Leave You
4) Fairy Tale”
EDITOR’S NOTE: In regards to Terry’s email above, since “Never Leave You” was dropped from the Canadian release, and “After All These Years” was only on the UK release, I would assume the correct answer is that “You Always Run Away From Love” and “Fairy Tale” were the ones dropped from HD.

SOURCE: Toby’s (Lost Eddie) website
In the liner notes of the 1992 CD Shirley, Goodness and Misery, Tom Gulotta of Stunt Records confirms that “`Hound of Heaven’ was added, and Mark's song, `Fairy Tale’, was one that was dropped. Strangely, `Hound of Heaven’ was being performed almost two years before it's inclusion at this time, and one can only wonder why it wasn't, in fact, one of the first songs selected for the LP. `I Love You #19’ is another story”. According to Tom Gulotta, relaying Terry Taylor's recollection, “this song was always a part of the album and `I Believe in You’ was the song added at this point.”

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting CCM Magazine March 1981 “Whatever Happened To Horrendous Disc?”
Daniel Amos went into the studio to cut a demo of five songs (including a country tune called, "Happily Married Man", using the name Billy McBride and The Ghost Writers), to press into an EP for underground sales and to show to secular record companies. Not much resulted from this endeavor however because D. A. decided they didn't want to release an EP after all so the band kept the masters.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Brian Quincy Newcomb in “The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part Three”, in regards to the name “Billy McBride and The Ghost Writers”
Terry: actually it was Tommy Coomes at Maranatha! Music who suggested the name change.

SOURCE: liner notes to Shirley Goodness & Misery
While waiting for HD to come out, DA went back into the studio and recorded almost 20 new songs as demos on either 4-track or 24-track, including: “As Long As I Live”, “So Certain”, “Laisez-Faire”, “Little Things”, “Off My Mind”, “I’m On Your Team”, etc.

SOURCE: Giovanni Audiori Website quoting Brian Quincy Newcomb in “The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part One”
Terry: "I'm On Your Team" was a song that was really kept alive by fan requests. It was one of those songs that was written during the Horrendous Disc sessions, and for some reason it didn't go on the record. It was written in response to some of the criticism that got heaped on the band in that Horrendous Disc era when we began to shed the country clothes of the first two albums. I remember the first time we performed that song, it was in Hawaii and we were there with the Calvary Chapel pastor. We were getting a little flak for what we were doing, so we included that song in every set as kind of an answer back.

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