James Taylor

Hometown City of Boston
Height 6' 3" (190 cm)
Nationality American
High School Milton Academy, M...
Other Names Stringbean
Eye Color Brown - Light
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Build Slim

James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. 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 #3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first #1 hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend", a recording of Carole King's classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Taylor.


1948 Birth Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, was a resident physician. … Read More
1951 3 Years Old In 1951, when Taylor was three, his family moved to what was then the countryside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, when Isaac took a job as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. … Read More
1953 5 Years Old The Taylors spent summers on Martha's Vineyard beginning in 1953.


1960 - 1964 4 More Events
1965 17 Years Old In late 1965 he committed himself to the renowned McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he was treated with Thorazine and where the organized days began to give him a sense of time and structure. … Read More
1966 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Taylor earned a high school diploma in 1966 from the hospital's associated Arlington School. … Read More
1967 19 Years Old Taylor decided to try being a solo act and a change of scenery. In late 1967, funded by a small family inheritance, he moved to London, living variously in Notting Hill, Belgravia, and Chelsea. … Read More


1968 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Taylor recorded what would become his first album from July to October 1968 at Trident Studios, at the same time The Beatles were recording The White Album. … Read More
In July 1969 Taylor headlined a six-night stand at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. … Read More
1970 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Entitled Sweet Baby James, and with the participation of Carole King, the album was released in February 1970 and was Taylor's critical and popular triumph, buoyed by the single "Fire and Rain", a song about Taylor's experience in psychiatric institutions and the suicide of his friend, Suzanne Schnerr. … Read More
1971 23 Years Old His career success so far, and appeal to female fans of various ages, piqued tremendous interest in Taylor, prompting a March 1, 1971, Time magazine cover story. … Read More
1972 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1972, Taylor received his first Grammy Award, for (Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male) for "You've Got a Friend" (King also won Song of the Year for the same song in that ceremony). … Read More


1978 30 Years Old 1 More Event
JT, released that June, gave Taylor his best reviews since Sweet Baby James, earning a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in 1978. … Read More
1979 - 1980 2 More Events
1981 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 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. … Read More
1983 35 Years Old Over the course of four months starting in September 1983, spurred on in part by the deaths of his friends John Belushi and Dennis Wilson and in part by the desire to be a better father to his children Sally and Ben, he dropped methadone and kicked his heroin habit.
1985 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Taylor had thoughts of retiring by the time he played the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro in January 1985. … Read More


1988 40 Years Old She had helped him get off heroin and Taylor's next albums were partially successful – in 1988, he released Never Die Young, highlighted with the charting title track, and in 1991, 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. … Read More
1995 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, Taylor performed the role of the Lord in Randy Newman's Faust. … Read More
1996 48 Years Old The themes were also inspired by Taylor and Walker's divorce, which took place in 1996. … Read More


1998 50 Years Old The album also gave Taylor his first Grammy since JT, when he was honored with Best Pop Album in 1998.
2000 52 Years Old …  A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. … Read More
2001 53 Years Old On February 18, 2001, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston, Taylor wed for the third time, marrying Caroline ("Kim") Smedvig, the director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
2002 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Flanked by two greatest hit releases, Taylor's Platinum-certified October Road appeared in 2002 to a receptive audience. … Read More
They later recorded the Louvin Brothers duet, "How's the World Treating You?" In 2004, after he chose not to renew his record contract with Columbia/Sony, he released James Taylor: A Christmas Album with distribution through Hallmark Cards.
In early 2006, MusiCares honored Taylor with performances of his songs by an array of notable musicians. … Read More
On January 1, 2007, Taylor headlined the inaugural concert at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, honoring newly sworn in Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer.


In January 2008, Taylor recorded approximately 20 songs by others for a new album with a band including Luis Conte, Michael Landau, Lou Marini, Arnold McCuller, Jimmy Johnson, David Lasley, Walt Fowler, Andrea Zonn, Kate Markowitz, Steve Gadd and Larry Goldings. … Read More
On Sunday, January 18, 2009, he performed at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing "Shower the People" with John Legend and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.
On January 1, 2010, Taylor sang the American national anthem at the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, while Daniel Powter sang the Canadian national anthem.
2011 - 2013 5 More Events
He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.
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