Gallagher's rockíníroll odyssey began at age six, when he saw Elvis Presley
on TV. Inspired by other greats like Woody Guthrie, Lonnie Donegan and
Leadbelly, Gallagher first picked up ukulele, then guitar, and by his teens
was playing throughout Ireland in a number of the showbands that were popular
at the time.
of one of those groups came the first line-up of Taste, a three-piece blues-rock
band who were pioneers of the Ď60ís rock trio sound along with Cream and
the Jimi Hendrix Experience. They were hailed in New Musical Express by
John Lennon, who found Taste an especially bright spot in what he
thought was a dismal musical year, and was impressed by Gallagher's playing
and singing talents. Taste were also among the star attractions at Britain's
Woodstock - The Isle of Wight Festival- where they shared the stage with
Hendrix and the Doors.
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