James Taylor



James Taylor was born on March 12, 1948 in Boston. When he was three he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was interested in music and played cello at first. In 1960, he switched to playing the guitar. In 1963, he started to work with Danny Kortchmar, another aspiring guitarist. They then developed their skills by listening and playing blues and folk music together.

James Taylor started his career unsuccessfully with a signing of his at Jay Gee Records, but they were dropped before they were able to finish their album. Then, James Taylor signed with Apple Records, but this signing was also unproductive. Taylor's first album was recorded at Trident Studios and the album James Taylor with Apple Records.

In 1970, he released his first successful album, Sweet Baby James, which sold over 3 million copies in the US alone. James Taylor then released Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon a year later. In 1972, Taylor released One Man Dog, which would be his last major album.


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James Taylor's fame came with the release of his second album in 1970, Sweet Baby James, which featured many of his top songs including "Sweet Baby James" and "Fire and Rain".


  • Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
  • Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  • Billboard Music Century Award
  • Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
  • World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film

Top Songs

"Fire and Rain"
"You've Got a Friend"
"Sweet Baby James"
"Carolina On My Mind"
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
"Country Road"

Top Albums

James Taylor
Sweet Baby James
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
One Man Dog

Characteristics of Country Music

Country music originated in Southern United States, in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920s. It often features vocals, guitar (electric or acoustic), bass, and drums. Country music was formed as musicians blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional ballads, and cowboy songs, and various musical traditions from European immigrant communities.
James Taylor - Fire and Rain

"Fire and Rain"

S- main vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, drum set, bass

H- acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, drum set, bass

M- Main vocals

R- moderate, in 4

G- soft-moderate-soft


intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, verse 3, chorus, bridge, outro


Work Cited

"James Taylor." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 04 May 2015.

Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 04 May 2015.