Ralph “Curly” Taylor
Curly as he is universally known was born and raised in the Madoc area. At an early age his father made Curly and his brother, Billy, homemade instruments. Brother Billy went on to become an accomplished fiddle player, idolizing the iconic Don Messer. Curly opted for the guitar, but never got into vocals until much later. Curly joined the Madoc Musicmakers and remained with them until he joined Jack and Marlene McCann’s legendary " Western Hayriders ”. One evening Marlene, the bassist, informed Curly, “I have a sore throat, you're singing tonight.” The die was cast and Curly went on to perform for years with his good friends, Doug Mumford and George York and his “Goodtimers”.
Eventually Curly went on to begin writing the music and lyrics for the songs he wrote for himself. He became a registered member of the Canadian Country Songwriters Association. One of Curly’s accomplishments was writing lyrics and perhaps his most memorable contribution was to write the lyrics for the late Elly Kelly's great hit "Goin' Home”. The song and lyrics are copywrited.
In his senior years, Curly has been active "giving back” by performing at area nursing homes on a regular basis despite having undergone extensive radiotherapy himself for esophageal cancer.