Taste was formed in Cork,
Ireland in August 1966 as a trio
consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitars & vocals,Eric Kitteringham`on bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In their early
years Taste played around the UK before becoming regulars at Maritime
Hotel, an R&B club in
Belfast, Northern Ireland.In
1968 the original lineup split. The new lineup formed with
on bass and
on drums. The new Taste moved permanently to London where
they signed with the record label Polydor. In 1969 Taste released their
first two studio recordings, the self-titled "Taste" first and "On The
Boards" soon following, the latter showing Rory and the band's jazz
with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks. In November 1969
the band opened for Cream at Cream's farewell concerts in London.
Taste then began touring the
United States and Canada opening for Eric Clapton and Ginger Bakerâ€™s new
band Blind Faith. Perhaps
their most notable performance came in 1970 as part of the Isle of Wight
Festival, joining such notable musicians as Jimi Hendrix
and The Who.
They were well-received by those in attendance, ultimately being called
back for five encores. Later the same year Taste would once more tour
Europe before performing their last show on New Year's Eve in Belfast.
In 1970 Taste split leaving front man Rory Gallagher to pursue his solo