James Taylor

Knowledge Identifier: +James_Taylor


James Taylor

American singer-songwriter and guitarist add

Category: Music

Born in 1969.

Countries: United States (72%), United Kingdom (8%), (7%)

Main connections: Carole King, Carly Simon, Paul McCartney

Linked to: Boston Symphony Orchestra, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Apple Corps, Boston Pops Orchestra




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James Taylor was born in 1969 add something


Livingston is still an active musician; Kate was active in the 1970s but did not record another album until 2003; Hugh operates a bed-and-breakfast with his wife, The Outermost Inn in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard; and Alex died in 1993 on James' birthday add something


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 add something


With the close of Taylor's contract with Warner, in November the label released "Greatest Hits", the album that comprised most of his best work between 1970 and 1976 add something


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 add something


Danny Kortchmar - Kortchmar's work with singer-songwriters such as David Crosby, Carole King, Graham Nash, Carly Simon and James Taylor helped define the signature sound of the singer-songwriter era of the 1970s


Garth Brooks - While Brooks's musical style placed him squarely within the boundaries of country music, he was strongly influenced by the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, especially the works of James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg


The New York band's recordings were later released in 1971 as "James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine add something


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 add something


Carole King - Most notably, "You've Got a Friend" was a smash No.1 hit for James Taylor in 1971 and a top 40 hit for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway that same year


Two-Lane Blacktop - "'Two-Lane Blacktop"' is a 1971 road movie directed by Monte Hellman, starring singer-songwriter James Taylor, the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, and Laurie Bird


Harvest (Neil Young album) - Young arrived in Nashville in early February 1971 to perform on a broadcast of "Johnny Cash Show" where Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor would appear


In early 1972, Taylor received his first Grammy award, for for "You've Got a Friend" add something


November 1972 saw the release of Taylor's fourth album, "One Man Dog" add something


John Berry (singer) - Berry began learning the guitar in 1972 , he has named influences such as James Taylor, Harry Chapin, and, his favourite, John Denver


Carly Simon - From 1972 to 1979, Simon sang backup vocals on the following James Taylor songs and albums : "One Man Parade" from 1972's "One Man Dog", "Rock 'n' Roll Is Music Now", "Let It All Fall Down", "Me and My Guitar", "Daddy's Baby" and "Ain't No Song" from 1974's "Walking Man", "How Sweet It Is" from 1975's "Gorilla", "Shower the People", "A Junkie's Lament", "Slow Burning Love" and "Family Man" from 1976's "In the Pocket", and "B.S.U.R.[GU


Dr. John - He has been a prominent session musician throughout his career, playing piano on the Rolling Stones' 1972 song "Let It Loose", as well as backing Carly Simon and James Taylor in their duet of "Mockingbird" in 1974 and Neil Diamond on 1976's "Beautiful Noise"


Carly Simon - Simon married fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor on November 3, 1972


Taylor spent most of 1973 enjoying his new life as a married man, and he did not return to the recording studio until January 1974, when sessions for his fifth album began add something


Carly Simon - Later in 1973, the follow-up single, "The Right Thing to Do", was another sizable hit, reaching No. 4 Adult Contemporary and No. 17 Pop. That same year Simon performed on Lee Clayton's album "Lee Clayton" and co-sang on the song "New York Suite 409" and on Livingston Taylor's album "Over the Rainbow" and sang with both Livingston and his famous brother, James Taylor on the songs "Loving Be My New Horizon" and "Pretty Woman"


They had two children, Sarah Maria "Sally" Taylor, born January 7, 1974, and Benjamin Simon "Ben" Taylor, born January 22, 1977 add something


Bobbye Hall - In May 1974, she performed again at Carnegie Hall, this time backing James Taylor, a follow-up to appearing on two of his albums


However, 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 ", which featured wife Carly in backing vocals and reached No. 5 in America and No. 1 in Canada add something


His 1976 "Greatest Hits" album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies add something


Art Garfunkel - In 1976, Garfunkel recorded background and duet vocals for several artists, including Stephen Bishop's "Careless" album, James Taylor's "In The Pocket" album and J.D. Souther's "Black Rose" album


Rob Mounsey - In 1976, he moved to New York to become a noted studio musician, arranger and producer for a wide range of well-known artists, including Rihanna, Aaron Neville, Michael Franks, Carly Simon, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Diana Ross, Donald Fagen, Brian Wilson, Aztec Camera and countless others


Following his 1977 album, "JT", he has retained a large audience over the decades add something


In 1977 Taylor signed with Columbia Records add something


Lou Marini - He played on Frank Zappa's 1977 album "Zappa in New York", and has worked with a diverse range of artists such as Dionne Warwick, Maureen McGovern, Deodato, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Aerosmith, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and the Woody Herman Orchestra


David Lasley - In 1977 he began touring and recording with James Taylor


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 add something


"JT", released that June, gave Taylor his best reviews since "Sweet Baby James", earning a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in 1978 add something


Carly Simon - Also in 1978, Simon and James Taylor sang backing vocals on two songs for Taylor's sister Kate's album "Kate Taylor": "Happy Birthday Sweet Darling" and "Jason & Ida"


After briefly working on Broadway, he took a one-year break, reappearing in the summer of 1979 with the cover-studded Platinum album "Flag", featuring a Top 30 version of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "Up on the Roof" add something


Jimmy Johnson (bassist) - Living in the Los Angeles area since 1979, Johnson continues to record and tour with singer-songwriter James Taylor as well as guitarist Allan Holdsworth, and is frequently heard with various groups at The Baked Potato jazz club in Studio City, California


During the late 1980s, he began touring regularly, especially on the summer amphitheater circuit add something


On December 7, 1980, Taylor had an encounter with Mark David Chapman who would assassinate John Lennon just one day later add something


Pat Metheny - He is a fan of several pop music artists, especially singer/songwriters including The Beatles; James_Taylor (after whom he named the song "James" on Offramp); Bruce Hornsby, Cheap Trick, Joni Mitchell, with whom he performed on her Shadows and Light (1980, Asylum/ Elektra) live tour.


Craig Doerge - This band continued through the 1980s in recordings and as a touring back-up band for Crosby, Stills and Nash, for James Taylor, and for Jackson Browne


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 add something


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, he dropped methadone and finally kicked his habit for good add something


Taylor had thoughts of retiring by the time he played the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro in January 1985 add something


" The October 1985 album, "That's Why I'm Here", from which that song came, started a series of studio recordings that, while spaced further apart than his previous records, showed a more consistent level of quality and fewer covers, most notably the Buddy Holly song "Everyday", released as a single reached No. 61 add something


On December 14, 1985, Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York add something


His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when some of his best-selling and most-awarded albums were released add something


The 1993 two-disc "Live" album captures this, with a highlight being Arnold McCuller's descants in the codas of "Shower the People" and "I Will Follow" add something


In 1995, Taylor performed the role of the Lord in Randy Newman's Faust add something


They had begun dating in 1995, when they met as he appeared with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra add something


Carly Simon - On August 30, 1995, Simon made a rare joint appearance with her ex-husband, James Taylor, for a concert on Martha's Vineyard


The themes were inspired by Taylor and Walker's divorce, which took place in 1996 add something


'" Interview, "Rolling Stone", June 24, 1997 add something


Steve Winwood - In 1997, Winwood released a new album, "Junction Seven", toured the US and sang with James Taylor at the VH-1 Honors


The album gave Taylor his first Grammy since "JT", when he was honored with Best Pop Album in 1998 add something


Steve Jordan (musician) - He is featured on James Taylor's 1998 DVD, "Live at the Beacon Theatre"


A five-time Grammy award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 add something


Boston Symphony Orchestra - On February 18, 2001, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston, Taylor wed for the third time, marrying Caroline Smedvig, the director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra add something


The couple reside in the town of Washington, Massachusetts, with their twin boys, Rufus and Henry, born in April 2001 to a surrogate mother via in vitro fertilization add something


Also in 2002, Taylor teamed with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss in singing "The Boxer" at the Kennedy Center Honors Tribute to Paul Simon add something


Flanked by two greatest hit releases, Taylor's Platinum-certified "October Road" appeared in 2002 to a receptive audience add something


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 add something


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 add something


In December 2004, he appeared as himself in an episode of "The West Wing" entitled "A Change Is Gonna Come" add something


Carly Simon - In the June 20, 2004, issue of Askmen.com, Simon said that she no longer speaks to her ex-husband, James Taylor


James Taylor (tenor) - Since 2005 James Taylor teaches at the Yale University


In 2006, Taylor performed Randy Newman's song "Our Town" for the Disney animated film "Cars" add something


In early 2006, MusiCares honored Taylor with performances of his songs by an array of notable musicians add something


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 add something


The song was nominated for the 2007 Academy award for the best Original Song add something


On January 1, 2007, Taylor headlined the inaugural concert at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, New York, honoring newly sworn in Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer add something


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 add something


In December 2007 "James Taylor at Christmas" was nominated for a Grammy award add something


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 add something


Peter Asher - Asher reunited with James Taylor as the producer of the "Live at the Troubadour" reunion album recorded in 2007, with Carole King and Taylor's original band


Gloria Lynne - In June 2007 High Note Records released Gloria's latest CD "From My Heart To Yours", a musical journey from James Taylor , Michel Legrand and styling on classics like "It's Magic"


Meanwhile, in summer 2008, Taylor and this band toured 34 North American cities with a tour entitled James Taylor and His Band of Legends add something


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 add something


The resulting live-in-studio album, named "Covers", was released in September 2008 add something


An additional album, called "Other Covers", came out in April 2009, containing songs that were recorded during the same sessions as the original "Covers" but had not been put out to the full public yet add something


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 add something


On September 8, 2009, Taylor made an appearance at the twenty-fourth season premiere block party of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Chicago's Michigan Avenue add something


James Taylor (tenor) - In 2009 he appeared with the G├Ąchinger Kantorei and the New York Philharmonic under Helmuth Rilling in Avery Fisher Hall in Handel's "Messiah" in 2009, reviewed in the New York Times: "The tenor James Taylor performed with conviction and plenty of bite


University of California, Los Angeles - Past recipients have included Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor, Ray_Charles, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, and in 2009, Julie Andrews



Taylor told the BBC in 2010 "The guy had sort of pinned me to the wall and was glistening with maniacal sweat and talking some freak speak about what he was going to do and his stuff with how John was interested, and he was going to get in touch with John Lennon add something


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 add something


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 add something


On March 7, 2010, Taylor sang The Beatles' "In My Life" in tribute to deceased artists at the 82nd Academy awards add something


Dave Grohl - Grohl helped pay tribute to McCartney at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors along with No Doubt, Norah Jones, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples


Mark di Suvero - He is a 2010 National Medal of Arts winner, alongside Meryl Streep, James Taylor, Harper_Lee, and Quincy Jones among others


Russ Kunkel - In 2010 Kunkel joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Kate Markowitz - In 2010 Markowitz joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Arnold McCuller - In 2010 McCuller joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Leland Sklar - In 2010 Sklar joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Andrea Zonn - In 2010 Zonn joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King


Carole King - In 2010, King and James Taylor staged their Troubadour Reunion Tour together, recalling the first time they played at The Troubadour, West Hollywood in 1970


Carole King - King herself doubted she would ever write another song and said that her 2010 Troubadour Reunion Tour with James Taylor was most likely the last tour of her life, saying that it "was a good way to go out


Carole King - The second album was released on May 4, 2010 and is a collaboration of King and James Taylor called "Live at the Troubadour", which debuted at No.4 in the United States with sales of 78,000 copies


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 add something


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 add something


He has been active in support of Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and opened the 2012 Democratic National Convention add something


" Then, on July 2, 2012, Swift appeared as Taylor's special guest in a concert at Tanglewood add something


Taylor Swift - In July 2012, James Taylor invited Swift to appear as a special guest during his Tanglewood set; they performed "Fire and Rain", "Love Story" and "Ours" together


On April 24, 2013, Taylor performed at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier who is believed to have been killed by the men responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings add something


Steve Gadd - Gadd toured in 2014 with James Taylor


Andrea Zonn - In 2014 Andrea Zonn traveled with James Taylor on tour in support of his 2-disc retrospective CD 'The Essential James Taylor'


He earned his first number one album in the US in 2015 with "Before This World", 45 years since his first release add something


The album launched atop the Billboard 200 with 97,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 21, 2015 according to Nielsen Music add something


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 add something


Philippine Drug War - Taylor cancelled his 2016 concert in Manila as a protest to the extrajudicial killings of suspects in the Philippine Drug War add something


Charlie Puth - On March 25, 2018, Puth released the fourth single "Change" featuring James Taylor


Sheryl Crow - In June 2018, Crow supported James Taylor on part of his American tour after original support Bonnie Raitt was forced to miss several shows due to health reasons