James Taylor

James Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his father was the dean of the University of North Carolina Medical School. His family summered on Martha's Vineyard.

Taylor's career began in the mid-1960s, but he found his audience in the early 1970s, singing sensitive and gentle acoustic songs. He was was part of a wave of soft singer-songwriters of the time that also included Carole King, John Denver, Jackson Browne and Carly Simon.

His Greatest Hits album from 1976 was certified diamond and has sold more than 11 million copies.

"The Best of James Taylor" album cover

Taylor's four siblings, Alex, Livingston, Hugh and Kate have also been musicians with recorded albums. (Livingston is still an active musician; Kate was active in the 1970s and did not record another album until 2003.) Taylor's children with Carly Simon, Ben and Sally, have also embarked on musical careers.

Early career

Taylor first learned the cello as a child, then switched to the guitar in 1960. While attending Milton Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts, Taylor met Danny Kortchmar at Martha's Vineyard and the two began playing folk music together. After dropping out of school, James formed a band with his brother, Alex, then was committed to McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts due to depression. He believes that this action on his behalf saved his life. He earned a high school diploma while in the asylum, then left and formed a band called the Flying Machine with Kortchmar and Joel O'Brien. The band was signed to Rainy Day Records and released one single, "Brighten Your Night with My Day"/"Night Owl"; the song was not a success.

While living in New York, Taylor became addicted to heroin. After a desperate phone call, his father drove to New York and "rescued" him. In 1968, Taylor moved to London. He was signed to Apple Records after sending a demo tape to Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon) and released his debut album, James Taylor. The album did not sell terribly well and Taylor's addiction worsened. Moving back to the United States, Taylor checked into Austin Riggs Hospital in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to try to kick the habit. By 1969, he was well enough to perform live and had a six-night stand at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. On July 20, 1969, he performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Shortly after that, he broke both hands in a motorcycle accident on Martha's Vineyard and was forced to stop playing for several months.

1970s success

Once recovered, Taylor signed to Warner Brothers Records and moved to California, keeping Peter Asher as his manager and record producer. His second album, Sweet Baby James, was a massive success, buoyed by the single "Fire and Rain", a song about his experience in an asylum and the suicide of a friend. The success of this single and the album, piqued interest in Taylor's first album, James Taylor, bringing it and the single "Carolina on My Mind" back onto the charts.

Taylor worked with Dennis Wilson (of the Beach Boys) on a film, Two-Lane Blacktop, but this was unsuccessful at the time. 1971 saw the release of Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, another hit album. He won a Grammy Award for his version of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend".

In 1972 (see 1972 in music) Taylor returned with One Man Dog and married Carly Simon, another singer-songwriter. His next album, 1974's Walking Man, was a disappointment but the following one, Gorilla, was a success, partially because of a successful single, a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)". This was followed by In the Pocket in 1976, and then a Greatest Hits album that included some rerecordings of Apple Records-era material. It became a huge hit and remains Taylor's best-selling album.

Taylor and Simon had two children, Benjamin ("Ben") and Sarah ("Sally"). Simon was unhappy with Taylor's being out on the road traveling so much; he rejected an ultimatum from her that he spend more time with his children, and they eventually divorced in 1983.

Taylor signed to Columbia Records and released JT in 1977, winning another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for "Handy Man".

After collaborating with Art Garfunkel and briefly working on Broadway, Taylor took a two-year break, reappearing in 1979 with Flag. The album was a success, though there were no hit singles from it. Taylor also performed at the No Nukes concert in Madison Square Garden, then appeared on the album and film from the concert.

Later career

Beginning in 1985 Taylor staged a career resurgence. He put his addiction problems behind him. That's Why I'm Here started a series of studio recordings that, while spaced further apart than his previous records, showed a more consistent level of quality. He toured regularly, and was especially popular on the American summer outdoor amphitheatre circuit. His concerts feature songs from throughout his career; a particular strength is his section of backup singers, especially Arnold McCuller.

Taylor's two albums of original material from the 1990s were notably successful: his thirteenth album, New Moon Shine, went platinum in 1991, and he won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Album in 1998 for Hourglass.

Flanked by two greatest hits releases, the new October Road appeared in 2002 to a receptive audience. It featured a number of quiet but sophisticated instrumental accompaniments and passages, one of which won the corresponding Grammy. In 2004, with his Columbia/Sony record contract having concluded, he released James Taylor: A Christmas Album with distribution through Hallmark Cards; it continued the accompaniment trend.

Always visibly active in environmental and progressive causes, in October 2004 Taylor joined the "Vote for Change" tour, playing a series of concerts in American swing states. These concerts were organized by MoveOn.org with the general goal of mobilizing people to vote for John Kerry and against George W. Bush in that year's Presidential campaign. Taylor's appearances were joint performances with the Dixie Chicks.

In 2001 Taylor wed for the third time to Caroline (Kim) Smedvig, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Awards and recognition

Grammy Awards:

  • Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 1971, "You've Got a Friend"
  • Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 1977, "Handy Man"
  • Best Pop Album, 1998, Hourglass
  • Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 2001, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), 2002, "Mean Old Man", arrangement by Dave Grusin
  • Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, 2003, "How's the World Treating You", with Alison Krauss

Other recognition:

  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2000
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2000

Discography

  • James Taylor (1968)
  • Sweet Baby James (1970)
  • James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine (1971) - recorded 1966-1967
  • Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971)
  • One Man Dog (1972)
  • Walking Man (1974)
  • Gorilla (1975)
  • In the Pocket (1976)
  • Greatest Hits (1976)
  • JT (1977)
  • Flag (1979)
  • Dad Loves His Work (1981)
  • That's Why I'm Here (1985)
  • Never Die Young (1988)
  • New Moon Shine (1991)
  • (LIVE) (1993)
  • (Best LIVE) (1994)
  • Hourglass (1997)
  • Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2000)
  • October Road (2002)
  • The Best of James Taylor (2003)
  • James Taylor: A Christmas Album (2004)

Videography

  • James Taylor: In Concert (1982) - CBS/FOX laserdisc of a 1979 concert in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • James Taylor: In Concert (1988)
  • Squibnocket (1993) - Tour rehearsals on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Live at the Beacon Theatre (1998) - Recording of a show in New York City
  • Pull Over (2002) - Recording of a 2001 show in Chicago, Illinois

Further reading

  • White, Timothy (2002). James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0711991936.

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Other recognition:. In addition, her music has been on featured on countless soundtracks. Grammy Awards:. On August 1, 2004, after divorcing her first husband, she married a British man named Ben, and now spends most of her time in the United Kingdom. In 2001 Taylor wed for the third time to Caroline (Kim) Smedvig, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also had a greatest hits album released in Singapore and three in Japan, and she posed naked for Playboy magazine. Taylor's appearances were joint performances with the Dixie Chicks. She has made several attempts at comebacks through the 1990s and 2000s, in both country and pop music, and has done some touring over the years.

Bush in that year's Presidential campaign. In 1995, she moved to Nashville, and in 2002, she was the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story television show. These concerts were organized by MoveOn.org with the general goal of mobilizing people to vote for John Kerry and against George W. In 1992, she married make up artist Bulmaro Garcia and in September 17 of that year she gave birth to Elijah Garcia. Always visibly active in environmental and progressive causes, in October 2004 Taylor joined the "Vote for Change" tour, playing a series of concerts in American swing states. Her career suffered as musical tastes changed in the early 1990s, swinging away from teen pop towards harder-edged rock and rap. In 2004, with his Columbia/Sony record contract having concluded, he released James Taylor: A Christmas Album with distribution through Hallmark Cards; it continued the accompaniment trend. In '89 also, she bought a mansion that used to belong to action movie star Chuck Norris, but later sold it.

It featured a number of quiet but sophisticated instrumental accompaniments and passages, one of which won the corresponding Grammy. Another one of her hits was Promises made (promises broken). Flanked by two greatest hits releases, the new October Road appeared in 2002 to a receptive audience. She was signed to do the voice of Judy Jetson for Jetsons: The Movie in 1989, but not before another hit following I Think to the top in 1988: Her song Could've been also made it to the top of the Billboard charts. Taylor's two albums of original material from the 1990s were notably successful: his thirteenth album, New Moon Shine, went platinum in 1991, and he won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Album in 1998 for Hourglass. In '87 also, she cast a little known group by the name of New Kids On The Block to be the starting act on her concerts. His concerts feature songs from throughout his career; a particular strength is his section of backup singers, especially Arnold McCuller. Soon, she was vying with Debbie Gibson for space on the covers of many teen magazines, including Tiger Beat, Teen Beat and many others, and visiting multiple television shows on MTV, Fox, etc.

He toured regularly, and was especially popular on the American summer outdoor amphitheatre circuit. Her cover of the Shondells hit, I Think We're Alone Now, became a number 1 hit on the Billboard chart, propelling Tiffany to international stardom. That's Why I'm Here started a series of studio recordings that, while spaced further apart than his previous records, showed a more consistent level of quality. In 1987 the self titled album, Tiffany, was released and she embarked on a mall tour to promote it. He put his addiction problems behind him. Then, she went into the studio to record her first album, and a contract was signed with MCA. Beginning in 1985 Taylor staged a career resurgence. In 1986, she signs a contract that gives Tobin total control over her career.

Taylor also performed at the No Nukes concert in Madison Square Garden, then appeared on the album and film from the concert. In 1985 Tiffany appeared at the Star Search show with Ed McMahon, but she came in second place that year. The album was a success, though there were no hit singles from it. However, these releases were ultimately found to be by Canadian singer Kimberly Warnock, who has sometimes used the stage name "Tiffany" but has no connection with the more famous singer of that name. After collaborating with Art Garfunkel and briefly working on Broadway, Taylor took a two-year break, reappearing in 1979 with Flag. Fans debated endlessly whether these were by "the" Tiffany or not, and even Tiffany's own denial wasn't always fully trusted (people sometimes suggested that she was either mistaken or was trying to cover up early failures in her career). Taylor signed to Columbia Records and released JT in 1977, winning another Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for "Handy Man". Another 1984 event that later provoked controversy among Tiffany fans was the release of a song entitled "Remembering Love", credited to "Tiffany", in Canada, followed up in 1987 by another song "In The Dark".

Simon was unhappy with Taylor's being out on the road traveling so much; he rejected an ultimatum from her that he spend more time with his children, and they eventually divorced in 1983. He maintains that he was not trying to look at her in a lewd way, just making sure Tiffany did her breathing exercises. Taylor and Simon had two children, Benjamin ("Ben") and Sarah ("Sally"). Also that year, a messy divorce between her mom and her stepfather occurred, when he was allegedly caught peeping on her. It became a huge hit and remains Taylor's best-selling album. Finally, in 1984, she was signed to a recording contract by George Tobin, who heard a demo tape she recorded and liked it. This was followed by In the Pocket in 1976, and then a Greatest Hits album that included some rerecordings of Apple Records-era material. In 1983, Tiffany's other sister, Cheressa Williams, is born. Ronald Kent Surut became her manager that year.

His next album, 1974's Walking Man, was a disappointment but the following one, Gorilla, was a success, partially because of a successful single, a cover version of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)". Also that year, she was an opening act for Jerry Lee Lewis and for George Jones. In 1972 (see 1972 in music) Taylor returned with One Man Dog and married Carly Simon, another singer-songwriter. In 1982 Tiffany tours several cities in Alaska, earning 3,000 dollars for the tour. He won a Grammy Award for his version of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend". Tiffany used to sing at a Los Angeles club named El Palomino when she was discovered by Hoyt Axton and his wife Mae Axton, who took her (Mae) to sing in Nashville, Tennessee, where she performs at the Ralph Emery Show. 1971 saw the release of Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, another hit album. She passed a hat along the crowd afterward, and collected $235 in what would be her first career earning.

Taylor worked with Dennis Wilson (of the Beach Boys) on a film, Two-Lane Blacktop, but this was unsuccessful at the time. In 1981, Tiffany made her first professional singing show, with a country music band at a country and western spot. The success of this single and the album, piqued interest in Taylor's first album, James Taylor, bringing it and the single "Carolina on My Mind" back onto the charts. In 1977, Tiffany's mother married, and in 1979, Tiffany's sister Falicia Williams was born. His second album, Sweet Baby James, was a massive success, buoyed by the single "Fire and Rain", a song about his experience in an asylum and the suicide of a friend. When Tiffany was four years old, she learned the words to the song Delta Dawn, and she started singing it often. Once recovered, Taylor signed to Warner Brothers Records and moved to California, keeping Peter Asher as his manager and record producer. Her parents divorced when she was very young.

Shortly after that, he broke both hands in a motorcycle accident on Martha's Vineyard and was forced to stop playing for several months. Tiffany grew up in Norwalk, California. On July 20, 1969, he performed at the Newport Folk Festival. She is of Lebanese and Syrian descent. By 1969, he was well enough to perform live and had a six-night stand at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. Tiffanie Renee Darwish (born October 2, 1971 in Oklahoma), better known in the music world as Tiffany, is an American singer who had a number of "teen pop" hits during the late 1980s. Moving back to the United States, Taylor checked into Austin Riggs Hospital in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to try to kick the habit. 1988 "Radio Romance" #35 US, #13 UK.

The album did not sell terribly well and Taylor's addiction worsened. 1988 "All This Time" #6 US. In 1968, Taylor moved to London. He was signed to Apple Records after sending a demo tape to Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon) and released his debut album, James Taylor. from "Hold an Old Friend's Hand"

    . After a desperate phone call, his father drove to New York and "rescued" him. 1988 "I Saw Him Standing There" #7 US, #8 UK. While living in New York, Taylor became addicted to heroin. 1987 "Could've Been" #1 US, # 4 UK (1988 release).

    The band was signed to Rainy Day Records and released one single, "Brighten Your Night with My Day"/"Night Owl"; the song was not a success. 1987 "I Think We're Alone Now" #1 US, #1 UK (1988 release). He earned a high school diploma while in the asylum, then left and formed a band called the Flying Machine with Kortchmar and Joel O'Brien. from "Tiffany"

      . He believes that this action on his behalf saved his life. 2000 The Color of Silence. After dropping out of school, James formed a band with his brother, Alex, then was committed to McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts due to depression. 1996 Greatest Hits (US release).

      While attending Milton Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts, Taylor met Danny Kortchmar at Martha's Vineyard and the two began playing folk music together. 1996 Best One (Japanese release; greatest-hits compilation). Taylor first learned the cello as a child, then switched to the guitar in 1960. 1995 All The Best (Singapore release; greatest-hits compilation with 2 new songs). (Livingston is still an active musician; Kate was active in the 1970s and did not record another album until 2003.) Taylor's children with Carly Simon, Ben and Sally, have also embarked on musical careers. 1994 Best of Best (Japanese release; greatest-hits compilation). Taylor's four siblings, Alex, Livingston, Hugh and Kate have also been musicians with recorded albums. 1993 Dreams Never Die (released in multiple Asian countries but not in the US).

      His Greatest Hits album from 1976 was certified diamond and has sold more than 11 million copies. 1990 New Inside. He was was part of a wave of soft singer-songwriters of the time that also included Carole King, John Denver, Jackson Browne and Carly Simon. 1988 I Saw Him Standing There (EP; Japanese release). Taylor's career began in the mid-1960s, but he found his audience in the early 1970s, singing sensitive and gentle acoustic songs. 1988 Hold an Old Friend's Hand #17 US. His family summered on Martha's Vineyard. 1987 Tiffany #1 US, #5 UK (1988 release).

      He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his father was the dean of the University of North Carolina Medical School. James Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Boston, Massachusetts. ISBN 0711991936. Omnibus Press.

      James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away. White, Timothy (2002). Pull Over (2002) - Recording of a 2001 show in Chicago, Illinois. Live at the Beacon Theatre (1998) - Recording of a show in New York City.

      Squibnocket (1993) - Tour rehearsals on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. James Taylor: In Concert (1988). James Taylor: In Concert (1982) - CBS/FOX laserdisc of a 1979 concert in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. James Taylor: A Christmas Album (2004).

      The Best of James Taylor (2003). October Road (2002). Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2000). Hourglass (1997).

      (Best LIVE) (1994). (LIVE) (1993). New Moon Shine (1991). Never Die Young (1988).

      That's Why I'm Here (1985). Dad Loves His Work (1981). Flag (1979). JT (1977).

      Greatest Hits (1976). In the Pocket (1976). Gorilla (1975). Walking Man (1974).

      One Man Dog (1972). Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971). James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine (1971) - recorded 1966-1967. Sweet Baby James (1970).

      James Taylor (1968). Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2000. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2000. Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, 2003, "How's the World Treating You", with Alison Krauss.

      Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), 2002, "Mean Old Man", arrangement by Dave Grusin. Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 2001, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight". Best Pop Album, 1998, Hourglass. Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 1977, "Handy Man".

      Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 1971, "You've Got a Friend".

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