This article is about the solo musician. For other persons with the same name, see James Taylor (disambiguation).
Taylor in the mid-1970s
|Birth name||James Vernon Taylor|
|Born||March 12, 1948 |
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Origin||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|Genres||Folk rock, rock, pop, soft rock,blues, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Labels||Apple, Capitol, EMI, Warner Bros., Columbia, SME, Hear Music|
|Associated acts||Carole King, Carly Simon,Peter Asher, Joni Mitchell|
James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
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", a recording of Carole King's classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hitsalbum was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album he released from 1977 to 2006 sold over a million copies. His chart performance had a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road and Covers). He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.