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When I first came across this obituary for Mike a couple of years ago, I was saddened and disappointed to learn of his passing and to know that I wouldn't be able to let him know how much his contributions to those early JD albums have meant to me over the years. His guitar work (and songwriting), along with John's voice and lyrics on each of those four albums still touches something deep inside every time I listen to them.

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Posted by: Rob Parham - Colorado Springs, CO - Friend   Mar 31, 2017

Mike and I woked together on Daufuskie Island in 83. We were dig partners and moved alot of dirt. Had many good conversations with him. A few days after I started we were all eating lunch and a colleague asked me what I thought of John Denver. I said that was a long time ago and I wasnt into his music except for the Rocky Mountain High song. Everyone laughed and said, well Mike wrote that song. I didnt believe

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Posted by: Terry Roggow - Berlin, Germany - Friend/Digging partner   Oct 05, 2014

I loved Mike's guitar playing especially on Take Me Home Country Roads. He will be missed.

Posted by: Joe Kelly - Rockford, MI   Jul 14, 2013

Michael was an amazing musician, he shaped the music of my youth and I must say, I was thrilled to find his passion for history. God bless you Mr Taylor, you left this world a better place for haing had you in it.

Posted by: Andrew Gates - Apple Valley, CA - Fan and Friend   Jan 26, 2012

Growing up I had pored over Mike's guitar parts with my friends for years. We'd examined every chord inversion, every line, everything he had done with John Denver on those now classic records. At one point, as teenagers we had written him a letter asking all kinds of silly technical questions about his recordings with JD. Of course we sent it to some record company address and never heard anything back. We even found out he had played with the

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Posted by: Marc Corey Lee - Rancho Santa margarita, CA - Fellow musician   Dec 25, 2011

Oh my... I had lost track of Mike, now I know why. I became such a fan of John Denver when I was young. My first album was "Rocky Mountain High". I played it over and over. I suffered from panic attacks and I would listen to "Late Winter , Early Spring", it would calm me down. I also played the guitar at that time. Of course, my favorite songs to play were John's. I loved to play "Eagle and

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Posted by: Jennifer - Inyokern, CA - Fan   Aug 08, 2011

Rest In Peace
Gone but not forgotten
Gerry Keoghan

Posted by: Gerry Keoghan - fan   May 27, 2011

Mr. Taylor wrote a very nice comment on my daughter's youtube performance of Eagle and the Hawk. i just looked him up on google and found this page. i am sorry that he passed so young, but he lives forever through his music. Thank you Mike, the actions of your life has enriched the quality of ours!

Posted by: james burns - ensenada, CA - fan   Apr 06, 2011

Thank you for your peace and love of music.

Posted by: Anthony Valentino III - Merritt Island, FL - intrest work   Nov 20, 2010

Your music, spirit and smile will be missed by all. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: Donna Dongre - fan   Oct 14, 2010