Chip Taylor is best known for having written such classic songs as Wild Thing, Angel of the Morning and Try, Just a Little Bit Harder. He was born in Yonkers, New York as Wes Voight. His brother Jon is an Academy Award winning actor and his other brother Barry is a noted volcanologist. Their father was a professional golfer and Wes changed his name to Chip Taylor after a record producer suggested his records would sell better under a different name. His records didn’t sell any better, but as Chip Taylor his song writing earned the notice of record labels in both Nashville and New York. Working out of the famous Brill Building on Broadway, Taylor’s songs were covered by such performers as Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra, Jim Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash , Emmylou Harris and Ike and Tina Turner. At the same time that Taylor was writing songs, he was also gambling, to the point that his winnings made the casinos take notice and eventually Taylor was banned from almost every gambling establishment in the United States and Europe. Taylor returned to music in the 1990’s and has released almost a dozen albums. He continues to tour regularly and this past spring was invited to perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Ken Rockburn spoke to Chip Taylor in New York City.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.