James Taylor

American musician James Taylor

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 major 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.
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Adele Just Broke A Billboard Record Set By Carole King
Huffington Post - 11 months
Adele already knows that she did some “pretty cool stuff” when she was 21, and she has a new stat to prove it.  This week, her album “21,” which debuted in 2011, surpassed Carole King’s 1971 “Tapestry” for time spent on the Billboard 200 by a woman, Billboard reported. “21” just completed its 319th week on the chart where King’s album spent a nonconsecutive 318 weeks. That’s over six years. That’s over 73 months. That’s 2,233 days. That’s a long time. Billboard notes that while Adele’s album has appeared on the chart every week since its debut, King’s dipped out of the ranking in 1977 after 302 weeks, and reappeared in 2010. That year’s Troubadour Reunion tour reuniting King with James Taylor for performances around the world is likely a factor in her renewed popularity; “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” made its debut three years later. Overall, Adele’s “21” is the 11th longest-charting album on the Billboard chart, seeing as the list is unsurprisingly dominated b...
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41 Non-Traditional Wedding Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To
Huffington Post - 11 months
Not every couple’s wedding vision includes walking down the aisle to “Here Comes The Bride.” So what other non-traditional song options are there? Plenty.  We asked The Huffington Post’s Facebook community for song ideas to set the scene, and more than 200 people shared their picks. Below is a sampling of different tracks ― some are deeply romantic, others are light, upbeat and charismatic.  1. “Sea of Love,” by Cat Power “Come with me // My love // To the sea // The sea of love // I wanna tell you // How much // I love you.”  2. “Lucky,” by Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillet “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend // Lucky to have been where I have been // Lucky to be coming home again.”   3. “Kissing You,” by Des’ree from the movie Romeo & Juliet “Touch me deep // Pure and true // Gift to me forever // ‘Cause I’m kissing you, oh, I’m kissing you.”  4. “Married Life,” by Michael Giacchino from the movie Up 5. “Look...
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CES 2017: 50 Years of seeing the Future
Huffington Post - about 1 year
CES, the beast with 200,000 attendees and more than 30,000 exhibitors that sprawls across Las Vegas, taking over the entire North Center and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and spills over to the Westgate, the Sands Expo halls, and the Venetian Hotel, as well as the Aria's conference center, continues even in this digital age to make a potent case for attending to see first-hand new products and innovations abounding that touch every aspect of our increasingly connected lives. This is CES' 50th iteration - In the five years that I've attended it has continued to grow, devoting increasing space to cars (which now market themselves as a technology play), football fields of stalls devoted to cities in China that produce consumer electronics, as well as increasing amounts of space to tech start ups from France, Israel, South Korea and The Netherlands. This year France made an incredibly strong showing featuring more than 200 companies/products not just Paris based co...
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How Philippine President Duterte's Anti-Drug Killings Will Stunt Economic Growth
Forbes - about 1 year
The cancellation of a Manila show by American singer James Taylor to protest Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs sounds at first like a one-off hit to business. Or the move might set a trend. The archipelago’s economic growth was expected to top the rest of Southeast Asia at [...]
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James Taylor Cancels Concert in Philippines, Citing Bloody Antidrug Campaign
NYTimes - about 1 year
The musician said reports of “summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process” in the Philippines were “deeply concerning.”
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Al Pacino, James Taylor, the Eagles and more receive Kennedy Center Honors
CNN - about 1 year
It was a star studded event at the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night.
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James Taylor, Al Pacino and Mavis Staples feted at Kennedy Center Honors
Reuters.com - about 1 year
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington celebrated singer-songwriter James Taylor, actor Al Pacino, and gospel vocalist Mavis Staples at the annual Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday in a night of music punctuated by the approaching end of President Barack Obama's time in office.
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The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor at a bittersweet Kennedy Center Honors 2016
LATimes - about 1 year
Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration. Actor-director Al Pacino, singer-songwriter James Taylor,...
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'Leaving The Table'--A Eulogy For Leonard Cohen
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I have to etch these words into my memory forever, while they are still fresh, while I am still stunned, while I am still reeling: Leonard Cohen has passed away, aged 82 years. His music is playing on a loop in my room as I write this, his words are playing on a loop in my mind. I find myself suddenly making frantic online purchases of live Cohen recordings on vinyl--1970's landmark Isle of Wight album, Field Commander Cohen dating from his 1979 tour, and a 1988 concert from one of my favorite venues (Toronto's Massey Hall). Undoubtedly, there are millions of people all around the world who are feeling his loss. Perhaps they knew him personally during the early days in Montreal. Or they could have crossed paths with him in New York City at the Chelsea Hotel. Maybe there's a Greek family living in his old house on the island of Hydra, who could regale visitors with anecdotes left in its dusty corners. Maybe there's a woman in England who owns everything he's written--all the p...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Taylor
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    The album, which was released on June 16 through Concord Records, arrived on top the chart of July 4, 2015, more than 45 years after Taylor arrived on the list with Sweet Baby James (on the March 14, 1970 list).
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    The album itself reached 2nd in the album charts, which would be Taylor's highest position ever on this list until the release of his 2015 album, Before This World, which went to 1st, supplanting Taylor Swift.
    He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.
  • 2013
    On April 24, 2013, Taylor performed at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was killed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the men responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.
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  • 2012
    He was active in support of Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and opened the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
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    Then, on July 2, 2012, Swift appeared as Taylor's special guest in a concert at Tanglewood.
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  • 2011
    On November 22, 2011, Taylor performed "Fire and Rain" with Taylor Swift at the last concert of her Speak Now World Tour in Madison Square Garden, as well as her own song, "Fifteen".
    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.
  • 2010
    In March 2010, he commenced the Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King and members of his original band, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Danny Kortchmar.
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    On March 7, 2010, Taylor sang the Beatles' "In My Life" in tribute to deceased artists at the 82nd Academy Awards.
    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On September 8, 2009, Taylor made an appearance at the 24th-season premiere block party of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
    Taylor performed on the final The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 29, 2009, distinguishing himself further as the final musician to appear in Leno's original 17-year run.
    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.
  • 2008
    During October 19–21, 2008, Taylor performed a series of free concerts in five North Carolina cities in support of Barack Obama's presidential bid.
    Meanwhile, in summer 2008, Taylor and this band toured 34 North American cities with a tour entitled James Taylor and His Band of Legends.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    In December 2007, James Taylor at Christmas was nominated for a Grammy Award.
    Parts of the performance shown on CBS Sunday Morning in the December 23, 2007, broadcast showed Taylor alluding to his early drug problems by saying, "I played here a number of times in the 70s, allegedly".
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    On November 28–30, 2007, Taylor, accompanied by his original band and Carole King, headlined a series of six shows at the Troubadour.
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    Taylor's next album, One Man Band was released on CD and DVD in November 2007 on Starbucks' Hear Music Label, where he joined with Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell.
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    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.
  • 2006
    In 2006, Taylor performed Randy Newman's song "Our Town" for the Disney animated film Cars.
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    In the fall of 2006, Taylor released a repackaged and slightly different version of his Hallmark Christmas album, now entitled James Taylor at Christmas, and distributed by Columbia/Sony.
    In early 2006, MusiCares honored Taylor with performances of his songs by an array of notable musicians.
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  • 2004
    In December 2004, he appeared as himself in an episode of The West Wing entitled "A Change Is Gonna Come".
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    Taylor performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 2 of the World Series in Boston on October 24, 2004, and again on October 25, 2007 and "America" before the game on October 24, 2013.
    Always visibly active in environmental and liberal causes, in October 2004 Taylor joined the Vote for Change tour playing a series of concerts in American swing states.
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    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.
  • 2002
    Also in 2002, Taylor teamed with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss in singing "The Boxer" at the Kennedy Center Honors Tribute to Paul Simon.
    Flanked by two greatest hit releases, Taylor's Platinum-certified October Road appeared in 2002 to a receptive audience.
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  • 2001
    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.
  • 2000
    A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    The album also gave Taylor his first Grammy since JT, when he was honored with Best Pop Album in 1998.
  • 1996
    The themes were also inspired by Taylor and Walker's divorce, which took place in 1996.
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  • 1995
    They had begun dating in 1995, when they met as he appeared with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
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    In 1995, Taylor performed the role of the Lord in Randy Newman's Faust.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    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.
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  • 1985
    On December 14, 1985, Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.
    Taylor had thoughts of retiring by the time he played the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro in January 1985.
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  • 1983
    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.
  • 1981
    Simon announced her separation from Taylor in September 1981 saying "Our needs are different; it seems impossible to stay together" and their divorce became final in 1983.
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    In March 1981, 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 that he and Simon had on each other.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    On December 7, 1980, Taylor had an encounter with Mark David Chapman, who would assassinate John Lennon just one day later.
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  • 1979
    After briefly working on Broadway, he took a one-year break, reappearing in the summer of 1979, with the cover-studded Platinum album titled Flag, featuring a Top 30 version of Gerry Goffin's and Carole King's "Up on the Roof." (Two selections from Flag, "Millworker" and "Brother Trucker," were featured on the PBS production of the Broadway musical based on Studs Terkel's non-fiction book Working, which Terkel himself hosted, and Taylor himself appeared in that production as a trucker; he performed "Brother Trucker" in character.) Taylor also appeared on the No Nukes concert in Madison Square Garden, where he made a memorable live performance of "Mockingbird" with his wife Carly.
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  • 1978
    Back in the forefront of popular music, Taylor collaborated with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in the recording of a cover of Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World," which reached the Top 20 in the U.S. and topped the AC charts in early 1978.
    JT, released that June, gave Taylor his best reviews since Sweet Baby James, earning a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in 1978.
  • 1977
    Peter Herbst of Rolling Stone was particularly favorable to the album, of which he wrote in its August 11, 1977 issue, "JT is the least stiff and by far the most various album Taylor has done.
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    In 1977 Taylor signed with Columbia Records.
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  • 1976
    Gorilla was followed in 1976 by In the Pocket, Taylor's last studio album to be released under Warner Bros.
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  • 1975
    However, James Taylor's artistic fortunes spiked again in 1975 when the Gold album Gorilla reached 6th 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 5th in America and 1st in Canada.
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  • 1973
    Taylor spent most of 1973 enjoying his new life as a married man and did not return to the recording studio until January 1974, when sessions for his fifth album began.
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  • 1972
    November 1972 heralded the release of Taylor's fourth album, One Man Dog.
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    In early 1972, Taylor received his first Grammy Award, in the Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male category, for "You've Got a Friend"; King also won Song of the Year for the same song in that ceremony.
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  • 1971
    His career success so far and appeal to female fans of various ages piqued tremendous interest in him, prompting a March 1, 1971, Time magazine cover story.
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    In January 1971, sessions for Taylor's next album began.
  • 1970
    During the time that Sweet Baby James was released, Taylor appeared with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys in a Monte Hellman film, Two-Lane Blacktop. In October 1970, he performed with Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, and the Canadian band Chilliwack at a Vancouver benefit concert that funded Greenpeace's protests of 1971 nuclear weapons tests by the US Atomic Energy Commission at Amchitka, Alaska; this performance was released in album format in 2009, on the album Amchitka, The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace'.
    Titled Sweet Baby James, and featuring 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 both Taylor's experiences attempting to break his drug habit by undergoing treatment in psychiatric institutions and the suicide of his friend, Suzanne Schnerr.
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  • 1969
    Once he had recovered, Taylor moved to California, keeping Asher as his manager and record producer. In December 1969, he held the recording sessions for his second album there.
    However, while recovering, he continued to write songs and in October 1969 signed a new deal with Warner Bros.
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    In July 1969, Taylor headlined a six-night stand at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
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  • 1968
    Meanwhile, Apple released his debut album, James Taylor, in December 1968 in the UK and February 1969 in the US.
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    Living chaotically in various places with various women, 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, at the same time the Beatles were recording The White Album.
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  • 1967
    Taylor decided to try being a solo act with a change of scenery. In late 1967, funded by a small family inheritance, he moved to London, living in various areas: Notting Hill, Belgravia, and Chelsea.
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  • 1966
    Taylor associated with a motley collection of people and began using heroin, to Kortchmar's dismay, and wrote the "Paint It, Black"–influenced "Rainy Day Man" to depict his drug experience. In a hasty recording session in late 1966, the group cut a single, Taylor's "Brighten Your Night with My Day," backed with his "Night Owl".
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    Taylor earned a high school diploma in 1966 from the hospital's associated Arlington School.
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  • 1965
    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.
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  • 1964
    There, he joined a band his brother Alex had formed called The Corsayers (later The Fabulous Corsairs), playing electric guitar; in 1964, they cut a single in Raleigh that featured James's song "Cha Cha Blues" on the B-side.
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  • 1963
    By the summer of 1963, he and Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around the Vineyard, billed as "Jamie & Kootch".
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  • 1961
    He began attending Milton Academy, a preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts in fall 1961.
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  • 1960
    Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina and switched to the guitar in 1960.
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  • 1953
    The Taylors spent summers on Martha's Vineyard beginning in 1953.
  • 1951
    In 1951, when he 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.
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  • 1948
    James Vernon Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, was a resident physician.
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