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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Friends pay tribute to well known musician and journalist Richie

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30

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Richie Taylor pictured with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones
Bono and Richie Taylor

Tributes have been paid to the journalist and musician Richie Taylor, who died yesterday.

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Alan Richard Taylor (61) passed away in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital where he was admitted last month following  a stroke.A native of Raheny in Dublin, he was a musician before beginning a successful career in journalism.

Richie, known as 'Milkboy' on stage, was a guitarist with The Great Saturday Night Swindle, Rocky DeValera and the Gravediggers, The Rhythm Kings, The Flash Harrys, The Wilf Brothers, and his own band The Twist.

He also released a solo single 'Stumble Into Love.'He later became a music writer for the 'Sunday Press' newspaper and travelled around the world to interview major rock and pop stars.

He went on to become entertainment editor of 'The Irish Sun' before becoming a social diarist for the 'Evening Herald' and Friend and Herald journalist George Byrne last night paid tribute to his former colleague.

"Richie was a great man for rolling with whatever punches happened to end up swinging his way and always seemed to come up with that beguiling, mischievous grin on the other side."

Musician and journalist Ferdia Mac Anna, whose stage name was 'Rocky DeValera,' said he has many fond memories of Richie. "He was my songwriting partner and we were friends all our lives."Michael Keane, his editor at the 'Sunday Press', said he was "clever, funny, talented, hugely personable and above all kind in a job that could be enormously 
competitive." Richie lived in Rush, Co Dublin, and is survived by his wife Sandra and three children.

Irish Independent

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