James Taylor

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Born: March 12, 1948    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

The embodiment of the American singer-songwriter in the late 60s and early 70s was the frail and troubled James Taylor. He was born into a wealthy family. His mother was a classically trained soprano and encouraged James and his siblings, including future recording artists Livingston Taylor (b. 21 November 1950, Boston, Massachusetts), Alex Taylor (b. 28 February 1947, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Hugh Taylor (b. 24 July 1952, Durham, North Carolina, USA) and Kate Taylor (b. 21 November 1950, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) to become musical.

The young James Taylor wanted for nothing and divided his time between two substantial homes. He befriended Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar at the age of 15 and won a local talent contest. As is often the case, boarding school education often suits the parents more than the child, and James rebelled from Milton Academy at the age of 16 to join his brother Alex in a rock band, the Fabulous Corsairs. At only 17 he committed himself to the McLean Mental Institution in Massachusetts to undergo treatment for his severe depression. Following a nine-month stay he reunited with “Kootch” and together they formed the commercially disastrous Flying Machine. At 18, now being supported by his parents in his own apartment, the seemingly affluent James drew the predictable crowd of hangers-on and emotional parasites. He experimented and soon was addicted to heroin....
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Grammy Awards
1971 ��" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, "You've Got a Friend"
1977 ��" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, "Handy Man"
1998 ��" Best Pop Album, Hourglass
2001 ��" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"
2003 ��" Best Country Collaboration With Vocals, "How's the World Treating You" with Alison Krauss
2006 ��" Grammy Award-sponsored MusiCares Person of the Year.

Other recognition

1995 ��" Honorary doctorate of music from the Berklee College of Music, Boston
2000 ��" Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2000 ��" Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
2003 ��" The Chapel Hill Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina opened a permanent exhibit dedicated to Taylor. At the same occasion the US-15-501 highway bridge over Morgan Creek, near the site of the Taylor family home and mentioned in Taylor's song "Copperline", was named in honor of Taylor.
2004 ��" George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, UCLA Spring Sing.
2004 ��" Ranked 84th in Rolling Stone's list of "The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."
2009 ��" Honorary Doctorate of Music from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

U.S. Billboard Top 10 Albums 1970 – Sweet Baby James (#3)
1971 – Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (#2)
1972 – One Man Dog (#4)
1975 – Gorilla (#6)
1977 – JT (#4)
1979 – Flag (#10)
1981 – Dad Loves His Work (#10)
1997 – Hourglass (#9)
2002 – October Road (#4)
2008 – Covers (#4)
2010 – Live at the Troubadour (with Carole King) (#4)

U.S. Billboard Top 10 'Pop' Singles 1970 – "Fire and Rain" (#3)
1971 – "You've Got a Friend" (#1)
1974 – "Mockingbird" (with Carly Simon) (#5)
1975 – "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (#5)
1977 – "Handy Man" (#4)

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