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Rocky DeValera and the Rhythm Kings. Ritchie Taylor, Rocky DeValera (Ferdia McAnna), Gonz, Martin 'Lizard' Meagher and Shea Stadium.

Rocky DeValera and the Rhythm Kings. Ritchie Taylor, Rocky DeValera (Ferdia McAnna), Gonz, Martin 'Lizard' Meagher and Shea Stadium.

Rocky DeValera and the Rhythm Kings. Ritchie Taylor, Rocky DeValera (Ferdia McAnna), Gonz, Martin 'Lizard' Meagher and Shea Stadium.

Tributes have been paid to former Herald journalist and 
musician Richie Taylor, who passed away yesterday.

Alan Richard Taylor (61) died in 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.

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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 and his own band The Twist. He released a solo single Stumble Into Love.

He became a music writer for The Sunday Press and travelled around the world to interview major rock and pop stars. He went on to be entertainment editor of The Irish Sun before becoming a social diarist for The Herald and The Irish Independent.

Friend and Herald journalist George Byrne said: "Richie was a great man for rolling with whatever punches happened to end up swinging his way. He always seemed to come up with that beguiling, mischievous grin."

Musician and journalist Ferdia MacAnna, whose stage name was Rocky DeValera, said: "He was my song writing partner and we were friends all our lives."

Michael Keane, his editor at The Sunday Press, said Richie was "clever, funny, talented, hugely personable and above all kind in a job that could be enormously competitive".

Richie, who lived in Rush, is survived by his wife Sandra and three children.

aokeeffe@herald.ie


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