Keegan: Taste can be considered to be
the first Irish-born pop stars. Formed in 1966 it comprised blues
legend Rory Gallagher on guitar and sax, Eric Kitteringham (bass)
and Norman D'Amery (drums). Initially Taste were an act solely on the
Irish scene, but their reputation soon spread to the continent,
particulary Germany were they had a loyal following. Tasteís first single was released on the
Major-Minor label. The A side was called `Blister On The Moon', with
the B side given the spacey title `Born On The Wrong Side Of Time'*.
As success came the band evolved. Original
members Kitteringham and Damery left and were replaced by Richard
McCracken (bass) and John Wilson (drums) who had been on the Irish showband circuit with Derrick & The Sounds. Interestingly, McCracken
had been The Sounds lead guitarist but had switched to bass when he
and Wilson formed Cheese before joining Gallagher in Taste. This line-up released the bandís
self-titled debut album in 1969. The band received invaluable
promotion for their music when they landed a slot to tour the US
opening for Blind Faith the same year
The band continued to tour Europe
through 1970, appearing at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival.
Taste's final gig happened not long after, in Belfast on New Years Eve
1970, before Rory Gallagher left for a solo career.