Scott Taylor, guitarist with ‘80s British alternative rock outfit Then Jerico, has died after a years-long battle with ill health.
“I’ve just heard the devastatingly sad news of the passing of (David) Scott Taylor,” writes frontman Mark Shaw in a post on the band’s official social channels.
“He’d been gravely ill for the last couple of years and he was hospitalised earlier this year but discharged so I was hoping to see him again, but it wasn’t to be.”
The cause of death remains unclear.
“Scott was a powerhouse of creativity, inspiration and musical innovation and most probably the best guitarist I’ve ever heard,” Shaw added. “We wrote some great songs together and I know I speak for all the old band members when I say he was loved and very respected by us all for his unique talents and amazing abilities.”
The band landed eight titles on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, led by 1989’s “Big Area,” which peaked at No. 13. Then Jerico also impacted the national albums chart with two LPs. Taylor, who played with the band for two stints, from 1984–1989 and 2012–2020, played on 1989’s The Big Area, their greatest chart success, hitting No. 4.
“He made us laugh and cry for many reasons and I’ll miss him more than I ever had the chance to tell him,” Shaw continued.
Taylor is survived by his wife Miranda and two daughters.