Taylor made for success

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HE HIT the heady heights of stardom when he joined the Rolling Stones after the tragic death of Brian Jones.

At the tender age of 16, he was playing with blues legend John Mayal, but left to join Fleetwood Mac.

Life has seen many highs for guitarist Mick Taylor.

Now he’s playing Glasgow’s Arches venue as part of a five-date UK tour.

The archetypal guitarist, Mick learned to play in his bedroom and honed his talent playing with several local bands.

Then, during a gig with John Mayal’s Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton failed to turn up and Mick stood in for him during the second half of the night.

At that point, a musical legend was born.

Mick played with the Bluesbreakers for a year before Peter Green left the band to form Fleetwood Mac and asked the youngster to follow him.

He stayed with Mac for three years before being head hunted.

Word got out that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been making enquiries about the young guitarist in the aftermath of Brian Jones drowning in his swimming pool.

By this time the Stones were well-known worldwide and had already recorded the seminal Beggars Banquet album.

At first he served as a session musician, playing on Live With Me and Country Honk.

He then found himself 20 years old and a member of one of the most famous bands on the planet.

Mick spent five years with the Stones, playing on what many believe is some of the band’s greatest recordings such as Let It Bleed, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street and Goats Head Soup.

However, the Stones’ massive success brought a heavy toll and Mick decided to leave after the recording of It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll to be replaced by former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood.

In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones.

Post Stones, Mick has continued to play alongside great names in music while also working on solo projects.

He toured Europe with former Cream member Jack Bruce, played for Bob Dylan on his Infidels and Empire Burlesque and worked with Mike Oldfield.

Mick Taylor is appearing at the Arches tomorrow.

Tickets are £17.50 in advance plus booking fee and the doors open at 7pm.