James Taylor

James Vernon Taylor ( born March 12, 1948 in Boston) is an American guitarist, singer, composer and lyricist. As a five -time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is one of the most influential singer- songwriters of the American music scene.


Taylor grew up sheltered in a liberal home in Chapel Hill (North Carolina ) that nevertheless suffered to neurosis and depression, which led to a suicide attempt in 1965. His three siblings, Alex (1947-1993), Kate ( born 1949 ) and Livingston ( b. 1950 ) are also musicians.

His musical career began in the second half of the 1960s in the United States. There he founded in New York together with his friend Danny Kortchmar the band Flying Machine. Meanwhile, massive drug addict, he went in 1968 to Britain, where he, with the support of record producer Peter Asher in London a contract with Apple Records, the record company the Beatles, received and produced his first solo LP.

After his return to the United States he broke both hands in a motorcycle accident. After rehab, he took on the LP Sweet Baby James, and was especially with the included pieces on Fire And Rain, in which he spoke to his drug addiction, known to a wide audience. The song, composed by Carole King You've Got a Friend in 1971 he had his first and only number-one hit in the U.S. charts. The song appeared previously in the same year on Carole King's debut album, Tapestry, in which James Taylor had cooperated. Also in 1971, Taylor played in the film Asphalt Race ( Original Title: Two - Lane Blacktop ) by Monte Hellman opposite Dennis Wilson the male lead.

Taylor was in the 1970s to a number of musicians who engaged intensively for political and social projects. Among other things, was so in 1979 with the participation of colleagues such as Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and others, the film and music production No Nukes, a documentary concert series against nuclear technology, in 1980 followed by the publication of a live album.

From 1972 to 1983 he was married to Mrs Carly Simon. With her he has the daughter of Sally Taylor and son Ben Taylor, both musicians. James Taylor was a frequent guest star on foreign productions of Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel and others. In 1972 he was a guest musician on Neil Young's album Harvest success where he can be heard in the songs Heart of Gold and Old Man. 1998 Taylor was awarded for his album Hourglass with Grammy Award. In 2000, he was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" and the " Songwriters Hall of Fame". In the same year, Mark Knopfler's second solo production, Sailing to Philadelphia, on the same theme song is included as a duet with James Taylor.

For the soundtrack to the animated film Cars 2006 he contributed the title Our ​​Town at.

The U.S. country musician Garth Brooks called James Taylor as one of his great idols and named his first daughter (Taylor ) to his idol.

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Awards and recognitions

Grammy Awards:

  • 2000: Accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 2000: Accepted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • 2006: A Musicares Person of the Year, The Musicares Foundation
  • 2012: Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres