This is great. Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone announced that today is “Chip Taylor Day in the City of Yonkers.”
Taylor, grew up as James Wesley Voight in Yonkers and went to Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. He is the brother of actor Jon Voight, wrote the classic garage-band hit, “Wild Thing” and other other songs. His other brother, Barry, is also an actor.
The announcement fro Chip Taylor Day is being made, probably as I write this post, at City Hall in the Mayor’s Reception Room. (From left to right, the photo shows Barry, Jon and Chip Voight.)
Taylor and his friends and family and friends are there right now. According to the mayor’s office, the songwriter has a new album out that was inspired by Yonkers. But he’ll probably be always know for “Wild Thing.”
The British group, the Troggs, made a hit out of “Wild Thing” back in 1966. Click on video.
Check out the low production values with the Beatle-brow hairdos and striped, clown suits. And how about the half-dead onlookers on the train platform? This should’ve been a zombie movie, and I don’t mean, The Zombies, another group from the British Invasion years.