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Wheeling-based singer B.E. Taylor dead at 65

Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register file photo B.E. Taylor performs during a Christmas show.
Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register file photo
B.E. Taylor performs during a Christmas show.

WHEELING, W.Va. — B.E. Taylor’s breakout regional hit 35 years ago was “Vitamin L,” and most people know the “L”stands for love, something the Wheeling singer spent his lifetime sharing not only with his fans, but also with those less fortunate.

Taylor, who died Sunday at the age of 65 from complications from an inoperable brain tumor, is being remembered this week by family, fans and friends throughout the tri-state region for his contributions that go well beyond his signature Christmas music.

Born William Edward Taylor in Aliquippa, Pa., he was called “Billy Eddie” by his mother, which eventually was shortened to “B.E.” He moved to Wheeling with his wife, Veronica (DeBlasis) Taylor, in the mid-1980s, calling the city home for the past 30 years.

Through sharing his gift of music, Taylor supported many causes, including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Pittsburgh School for the Blind, Toys for Tots, March of Dimes, Project Bundle Up, House of the Carpenter, and the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling…

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