B.E. Taylor, Best Known for Christmas Concerts, Dies at Age 65

B.E. Taylor in Pittsburgh
AP Photo/Paul Spinelli

B.E. Taylor sings the National Anthem before the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL week 16 football game against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 24, 2011 in Pittsburgh. 

A musician whose annual Christmas concerts and recordings made him well known in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia has died of complications from brain cancer. B.E. Taylor was 65 years old.

Taylor lived in Wheeling, West Virginia. The general manager of a funeral home there confirms Taylor died Sunday.

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The Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native's series of popular Christmas recordings began in 1991 and led to seasonal shows that drew thousands of people.

A family spokesman says he was working on B.E. Taylor Christmas 4 at the time of his death.

Taylor was a popular performer in Pittsburgh in the 1980s, partly on the strength of the song "Vitamin L ."

Survivors include his wife and two children. Funeral arrangements will be private. One of Taylor's sons posted this video message to Facebook: