b. 3 January 1945, Hull, England. This singing pianist is best known for his work as a composer for Love Affair who recorded his ‘Gone Are the Songs Of Yesterday’ as the b-side of ‘Everlasting Love’, their 1968 UK chart-topper. Goodhand-Tait numbers became the main track on future hits - notably ‘A Day Without Love’ that was included in the Sex Pistols early repertoire. Although he seemed an obvious choice, Goodhand-Tait was considered too old to apply for the post when Love Affair’s singer resigned in 1969. Nevertheless, he resumed writing for Love Affair after their ill-advised bid to ‘go progressive’. His own outfit, the Stormsville Shakers, had been hitless despite a prestigious stint backing Larry Williams in Europe, and a Parlophone contract for ‘You Can’t Take Love’ and other singles. Neither did he fare any better in the 70s as an alternative to Elton John - despite the promotion of 1973’s Philip Goodhand-Tait (on DJM Records) on a UK tour supporting Lou Reed. After moving to Chrysalis Records in 1975, he was recording for the humbler Gundog label by the 80s.
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