Canadian Motown singer R. Dean Taylor dead at 82

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Shown here in an undated handout photo, Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor, who hit No. 1 in 1970 with Indiana Wants Me, has died at 82. (The Canadian Press/Ho, Motown Archives - image credit)
Shown here in an undated handout photo, Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor, who hit No. 1 in 1970 with Indiana Wants Me, has died at 82. (The Canadian Press/Ho, Motown Archives - image credit)

R. Dean Taylor, the Canadian singer-songwriter on Motown Records who hit No. 1 in 1970 with Indiana Wants Me, has died at 82.

His widow Janee says her husband died at their Los Angeles home on Jan. 7, more than a year after he contracted COVID-19 and was placed in hospice care.

Taylor is considered one of the most successful white musicians on the Black-owned Motown label, but he often worked in the shadows of his contemporaries.

The Toronto-born musician first built his name behind the scenes as a songwriter, co-writing the smash Love Child for the Supremes, All I Need for the Temptations and I'll Turn to Stone, recorded by the Four Tops.

Taylor brought his vocals to Motown in 1965 with the release of his solo single Let's Go Somewhere, which led to his biggest hits Indiana Wants Me, Gotta See Jane and Ain't It A Sad Thing.

His 1967 single There's A Ghost In My House flopped on its initial release in North America but years later found a second life overseas as part of Britain's northern soul movement.

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