Wednesday, January 20, 2016


This article is about the solo musician. For other persons with the same name, see James Taylor (disambiguation).
James Taylor
James Taylor - Columbia.jpg
Taylor in the mid-1970s
Background information
Birth nameJames Vernon Taylor
BornMarch 12, 1948 (age 67)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
OriginChapel Hill, North Carolina
GenresFolk rockrockpopsoft rock,bluescountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica[1]
Years active1966–present
LabelsAppleCapitolEMIWarner Bros.ColumbiaSMEHear Music
Associated actsCarole KingCarly Simon,Peter AsherJoni 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.[2] He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.[3]
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 HourglassOctober Road and Covers). He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.[4]

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