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Mick Taylor (born January 17, 1948 in Welwyn Garden City, England) was the lead guitarist for the British rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from 1969 until 1974.
He grew up in Hatfield, a London suburb, and began playing guitar at age 9. From 1966 until 1969 Mick Taylor played and toured with John Mayall and the Blues Breakers.
Many Stones fans still consider the Taylor era as the best period for the Rolling Stones music-wise -- and many still mourn Mick's departure from the group. Many theories have been offered for Taylor's departure, including uncredited songwriting contributions, conflict with guitarist Keith Richards, and Taylor's fear that he'd get caught up in the band's drug-crazed lifestyle. In any event, Taylor was replaced by Ronnie Wood of The Faces.
In subsquent years, Taylor contributed other projects, including recordings by Bob Dylan, and released a few solo albums. He continues to make guest appearances and tours with his own band, primarily in Europe.