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James Taylor

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend.” His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades.

Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina, and switched to the guitar in 1960. His style on that instrument evolved from listening to hymns, carols, and Woody Guthrie, while his technique derived from his bass clef-oriented cello training and from experimenting on his sister's keyboards. While summering with his family on Martha's Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, an aspiring teenage guitarist. The two began playing blues and folk music together, and Kortchmar quickly realized that Taylor's singing had a "natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time. I knew James had that thing." Taylor wrote his first song at age 14. By the summer of 1963, he and Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around the Vineyard, billed as "Jamie & Kootch".

After moving to New York City to form a band, he and Kortchmar recruited Joel O'Brien, formerly of Kortchmar's old band The King Bees, to play drums, and Taylor's childhood friend Zachary Wiesner to play bass, and they called themselves The Flying Machine. By summer 1966 they were performing regularly at the high-visibility Night Owl Cafe in Greenwich Village.

In 1967 Taylor decided to try being a solo act Funded by a small family inheritance, he moved to London. He recorded some demos in Soho and, capitalizing on Kortchmar's connection to The King Bees, took the demos to Peter Asher, who was A&R head for The Beatles' newly formed label Apple Records. Asher showed the demos to Paul McCartney, who later said, "I just heard his voice and his guitar and I thought he was great ... and he came and played live, so it was just like, 'Wow, he's great.' “Taylor became the first non-British act signed to Apple. Living in various places, Taylor wrote additional material, including "Carolina in My Mind", and rehearsed with a new backing band. Taylor recorded what would become his first album from July to October 1968 at Trident Studios. McCartney and an uncredited George Harrison guested on "Carolina in My Mind", whose lyric holy host of others standing around me referred to the Beatles, while the title phrase of Taylor's "Something in the Way She Moves" provided the lyrical starting point for Harrison's classic "Something".

After Taylor returned to New York, Apple released his debut album, James Taylor, in February 1969. Jon Landau’s review in Rolling Stone said "this album is the coolest breath of fresh air I've inhaled in a good long while. It knocks me out". After that Asher resigned from Apple and offered to manage Taylor, to which Taylor agreed.

Taylor then moved to California, keeping Asher as his manager and record producer. In December 1969, he held the recording sessions for his second album, entitled Sweet Baby James. The album was released in February 1970 and was Taylor's critical and popular triumph, buoyed by the single "Fire and Rain”. Both the album and the single reached No. 3 in the Billboard charts, with Sweet Baby James selling more than 1˝ million copies in its first year and eventually more than 3 million in the United States alone. Sweet Baby James was received at its time as a folk-rock masterpiece, an album that effectively showcased Taylor's talents to the mainstream public, marked the direction he would take in following years, and made Taylor one of the main forces of the nascent movement. Released in April, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon also gained critical acclaim and contained Taylor's biggest hit single, a version of the Carole King standard "You've Got a Friend", which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album reached No. 2 in the album charts. In early 1972, Taylor received his first Grammy Award, for (Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male) for "You've Got a Friend". The album went on to sell 2˝ million copies in the United States alone.

November 1972 saw the release of Taylor's fourth album, One Man Dog. A concept album primarily recorded in his home recording studio, it featured cameos by Linda Ronstadt and consisted of eighteen short pieces of music put together. It reached Top 10 of the Billboard Album Charts, and the lead single "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100.

In January 1974, the sessions for his fifth album began. Walking Man was released in June and featured appearances of Paul and Linda McCartney and guitarist David Spinozza.

James Taylor's artistic fortunes spiked again in 1975 when the Gold album Gorilla reached No. 6 and provided one of his biggest hit singles, a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)", which featured wife Carly in backing vocals and reached No. 5 in America. On the Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, the track also reached the top, and the follow-up single, the feel-good "Mexico" also reached the Top 5 of that list.

Gorilla was followed in 1976 by In the Pocket, Taylor's last studio album to be released under Warner Bros. Records. It was a melodic album highlighted with the single "Shower the People", an enduring classic that hit No. 1 Adult Contemporary. 1976 was a boom year in the recording business — the year of inception of the "Platinum" disc — and In The Pocket was certified Gold.

With the close of Taylor's contract with Warner, the label released Greatest Hits, the album that comprised most of his best work from 1970-1976. It became, with time, his best-selling album ever. It was certified eleven times Platinum, earning a Diamond certification by the RIAA and selling close to twenty million copies worldwide.

In 1977 Taylor signed with Columbia Records. Between March and April, he quickly recorded his first album for the label. JT, released that June, earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in 1978. JT reached 4 in the Billboard charts, selling more than 3 million copies in the United States alone. The album's Triple Platinum status ties it with Sweet Baby James as Taylor's all-time biggest selling studio album. It was propelled by the successful cover of Jimmy Jones and Otis Blackwell's "Handy Man", which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and reached No. 4 on the Hot 100, earning Taylor another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his cover version. The success of the album propelled the release of two further singles.

In 1981, James Taylor released the album Dad Loves His Work, whose themes concerned his relationship with his father, the course his ancestors had taken, and the effect he and Simon had had on each other. The album was another Platinum success, reaching No. 10 and providing Taylor another hit single in a duet with J. D. Souther, "Her Town Too", which reached No. 5 Adult Contemporary and No. 11 on the Hot 100 in Billboard.

In 1988, he released Never Die Young, the platinum New Moon Shine provided Taylor some popular songs with the melancholic "Copperline" and the upbeat "(I've Got to) Stop Thinkin' About That", both hit singles in the AC radio. He began touring regularly, especially on the summer amphitheater circuit.

Flanked by two greatest hit releases, Taylor's Platinum-certified October Road appeared in 2002. Also in 2002, Taylor teamed with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss in singing "The Boxer" at the Kennedy Center Honors Tribute to Paul Simon. In 2004, after he chose not to renew his record with Columbia /Sony, he released James Taylor: A Christmas Album with distribution through Hallmark Cards.

Taylor's next album, One Man Band was released in 2007 on Starbucks' Hear Music Label. The introspective album grew out of a three-year tour of the United States and Europe—featuring some of Taylor's most beloved songs, accompanied solely by the "one man band" of his longtime pianist, Larry Goldings. The One Man Band won a TEC Award for best surround sound recording in 2008.

Taylor performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 2 of the World Series in Boston in October 2004, and again in October 2007 and "America" before the game in October 2013. In early 2006, MusiCares honored Taylor with performances of his songs by an array of notable musicians.

January 1, 2010, Taylor sang the American national anthem at the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park. He then sang The Beatles' "In My Life" in tribute to deceased artists at the 82nd Academy Awards in March 2010. The same month he commenced the Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King and members of his original band. They played shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and North America. The tour was a major commercial success, and in some locations found Taylor playing arenas instead of his usual theaters or amphitheaters.

On September 11, 2011, Taylor performed "You Can Close Your Eyes" in New York City at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. November 22, 2011, Taylor performed "Fire and Rain" with Taylor Swift at the last concert of her Speak Now World Tour, as well as her song, "Fifteen". Then, in July 2012, Swift appeared as Taylor's special guest in a concert at Tanglewood. Less than a year later, in April 2013, Taylor performed at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier. Taylor was accompanied by the MIT Symphony Orchestra and three MIT a cappella groups while performing his songs.

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