Kurth & Taylor FAQ

Last updated: Friday, 18-Feb-2005 17:03:41 PST

    Kurth & Taylor Band FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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    Last posting: 8/4/97
    This posting: 1/7/98
    Changes since last posting:	Added unavailability of first album
				"Kurth & Taylor" to section 2 as well as 
				listed the songs on the 3rd album.  Updated
				ordering instructions in section three to
				reflect unavailability 1st album.  Removed 
				the Studio City address in section 7.
				Added section 8 on unavailability of K&T
				t-shirts and hats.
                                 
Questions are broken up into the following sections:

1.  What is the name of Wally's band?  Are they called the Idle Rich too?
2.  Does Wally Kurth or his band have an album out?
3.  How do I order the Kurth & Taylor albums?
4.  It has been reported "Billboard Magazine" reviewed "The Only One I
    Love" and "This Is What They Mean."  What did they say?
5.  Does the Kurth & Taylor Band play anywhere besides on GH?
6.  What songs have Wally and the band performed on GH as Eddie Maine
    and the Idle Rich?
7.  Does the Kurth & Taylor Band have a fan club?  How can the band be
    contacted?
8.  Kurth & Taylor recently sold t-shirts and hats.  Are they still
    available?
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1.  What is the name of Wally's band?  Are they called the Idle Rich too?

    The Idle Rich on GH is really the KURTH & TAYLOR BAND, with

    Wally Kurth (*Ned/Eddie), Lead & Background Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
    Christian Taylor (*Gene), Lead & Background Vocals/Electric & Acoustic
	Guitar 
    Lee Beverly (*Sven), Bass Guitar/Vocals
    Jim Bloodgood (*Nick), Drums/Vocals
    Nick Chetkovich (*Jimmy), Piano/Organ
    Pat McCormack, Lead Guitar

    *Idle Rich/GH character name

2.  Does Wally Kurth or his band have an album out?

    The Kurth & Taylor Band has released 3 albums.

    A new album, their 3rd, titled "Nashville," was released  August 15, 1997.
    As the title says, the songs come from Nashville, or were written for 
    their Nashville gigs.  It is available by mail order.  The songs include
    "That Wouldn't Break My Heart," "Take It From Me," "Heartland Train,"
    "Too Good To Be Through," "If I'd Have Known," "You're The Livin' I've
    Been Workin' For," "Afraid Of The Rain," "So Many Teardrops" and "Till 
    I'm Over You."

    The second album, "half & half," released in May 1996 is available by 
    mail order.  The album is half electric, half acoustic.  The electric 
    songs include: "Love Is Lookin," "You'll Never Know," "All The Man You'll 
    Ever Need," "This Is What They Mean" and "Seventh Son."  The acoustic 
    songs include: "Believe My Love," "Road Less Traveled" (a new arrangement),
    "Even If I Wanted To," "I'm In Heaven"  and "Will You Stay."

    Previously, in December 1994, the band released their first album. 
    Entitled "Kurth & Taylor," it is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  The album (tape 
    or CD) includes the "Idle Rich" songs "Road Less Traveled," "The Only One 
    I Love," "Just Because," "The Lyin' King" and "The End of the Road."  
    Other songs include a full band version of "Sea of Peace" which was on 
    Wally & C.T.'s acoustic album, "Sea of Peace" and C.T. singing "She's All 
    That Matters" and "Power of the Heart."  Additional songs include "Make 
    Believe," a song about Wally's job as a soap opera actor, and "Goin' 
    Home," (also known as "Montana Sky") a song about Montana, Wally's home 
    state.  Again, I repeat, this album is NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

3.  How do I order the Kurth & Taylor albums?
 
    To order the Kurth & Taylor "Nashville" album, or "Half & Half"
    send check or money order, $15 for CD, $13 for cassette along with your 
    name and address to:

		Kurth & Taylor 
		c/o IAM
		P.O. Box 120261
		Nashville, TN 37212

    Price includes shipping and handling.

    Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.


4.  It has been reported "Billboard Magazine" reviewed "The Only One I
    Love" and "This Is What They Mean."  What did they say?

An excerpt from the review of "The Only One I Love," which was reviewed
as an AC (adult contemporary single: 
     "Single has formidable muscle, given its romantic lyrics, soothing 
     acoustic/pop context, and engaging vocals - not to mention its 
     built-in audience of TV viewers.  AC radio would be a fine place 
     to begin the push for this highly notable offering, though top 40 
     may not be too far behind."      From [Billboard 1/28/95, pg 69] 
 
In addition it was rated a "critic's choice".  They (Billboard) define 
that as "new releases, regardless of potential chart action, which the 
reviewer highly recommends because of their musical merit".  

    In the March 7, 1995 issue of "Soap Opera Magazine," Larry Flick,
    the "Billboard" reviewer is quoted as saying, "He's good," referring 
    to Wally.  Flick has been inundated with calls from radio stations 
    wanting to know if Flick's review was referring to the soap 
    personality.  Flick adds, "I think the whole album is strong."  He
    also says, "But I like that song in particular," referring to "The
    Only One I Love."

In reviewing "This Is What They Mean" as a country single, Billboard 
had this to say:
    On this first single from the album "Half and Half," budding 
    tunesmith Chris Taylor and "General Hosptial" television heartthrob 
    Wally Kurth make a formidable bid for entry into the tight and 
    competitive ranks of country radio.  This charming acoustic love 
    song will warm the hearts of programmers with its dewy-eyed romance 
    and heartfelt harmonies.  Slot this gem of a single between Diamond 
    Rio and Sawyer Brown and watch your phones ring off the hook.  
    From [Billboard 7/5/96, pg 86]

In addition "This Is What They Mean" also was rated a "critic's choice."


5.  Does the Kurth & Taylor Band play anywhere besides on GH?

    The Kurth & Taylor Band does try to perform around the country, 
    Wally's GH schedule permitting.  Until recently most of their gigs 
    have been in LA and CA.  They have played the Zoo Grass festival 
    in Billings, MT (Wally's hometown) for several years and also have 
    performed at Starfest at the LA County Fairgrounds in 1995 and 1996. 
    They try to make the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser 
    "Take A Chance with the Stars" and performed at ABC's Soap Spectacular 
    at Disney-MGM Studios in Oct. '96 and Super Soap Weekend in Nov. '97.  
    The band  performed in Boston, San Diego, Cleveland and Chicago as 
    part of the Kurth & Taylor For Kids Tour, benefiting pediatric aids 
    charities.  The band has also appeared on Crook and Chase and appeared 
    in Nashville at the Ace of Clubes, the Summer Lights Festival and Cafe 
    Milano.  Keep an eye out for announcements in the soap magazines and I  
    will post anything I hear of to ratsa as well as to the Port Charles 
    Online Calendar.

6.  What songs have Wally and the band performed on GH as Eddie Maine
    and the Idle Rich?

    Wally and the band have performed the following songs on General 
    Hospital:
   	
	"Seventh Son," $$ made popular by Johnny Rivers, the traditional
		Kurth & Taylor closer. 
	"What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?"
	"The Girl Won't Be Lonely"
	"The Thick of Love"
	"The Only One I Love" **
	"Road Less Traveled" **, $$
	"End of the Road" **
	"Just Because" **
	"The Lyin' King" **
	"Believe My Love" $$
	"Will You Stay" $$
	"All the Man You'll Ever Need"$$
	"Love You So Strong"
	"Back in the Saddle Again"
	"The Pirate King"
	"Over the Rainbow" (95 Nurses Ball)
	"Highway to Hell" ##
	"Surfin' Safari" ##
	"Wild Thing" ##
	"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
	"Love Will Have The Last Word"
	"Love Is Lookin'" $$
	"The Love In Your Eyes"
	"We're Having A Baby" (96 Nurses Ball)
	"The Little Things You Do"
	"Forever Home" (lullaby sung by Ned)
	"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
	"You've Got a Friend" (97 Nurses Ball)

     In addition, prior to "Eddie's" appearance, Wally sang "Heartbreak
     Hotel" and "Little Sister" as Ned at a karaoke bar.

	** Can be found on the Kurth & Taylor album, "Kurth & Taylor."
	$$ Can be found on the Kurth & Taylor album, "half & half"
	## Songs sung by the Idle Rich during Lois' fantasy/nightmare
	   on the 10/27/95 show.  


7.  Does the Kurth & Taylor Band have a fan club?  How can the band be
    contacted?

    Kurth & Taylor now has a fan club.  They have a presence on the IFCO 
    web site (http://www.ifco.org) where you can check out their "stats"
    and participate in a fan forum.

    In addition they have set up the Kurth & Taylor Line, 1-900-GET-KT NOW,
    (starting August 15th) allowing fans to:

	*  Hear a personal message from Wally & Christian
	*  Learn how to order the new album, "Nashville"
	*  Find out how to join the new Kurth & Taylor Fan club free of 
	   charge
	*  Leave your own personal message for any of the guys
	*  Hear music from the new album
	*  Get up-to-date information about personal appearances around
	   the country

    (Available in the US, $1.25/Minute.  Parental permission if under 18.)  


    Wally also has a fan club.  Details available from Tangyn@aol.com
    or by writing to:

		Wally's Friends
		P.O. Box 640
		Merrick, NY 11566-0640


8.  Kurth & Taylor recently sold t-shirts and hats.  Are they still
    available?

    The Kurth & Taylor t-shirts and hats are currently not available
    by mail order.

If you have any other questions email me at Tangyn@aol.com and I will
try to answer them.  If there is anything you would like to see included
in the FAQ please email me with your suggestions.

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