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James Vernon Taylor (Boston12 March 1948) is an American singer.


[hide]*1 Biography


James Taylor was born as a son of Isaac and Gertrude Taylor. In 1966 he began with Danny Kortchmar and Joel O'Brien the band The Flying Machine. They recorded an album but this would be only four years after the break up of the band come true under the name James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine. In 1971, he played the lead role in the film Two Lane Blacktop by Monte Hellman.

In 1968, a year after the break-up of The Flying Machine, Taylor left to London where he was offered a record deal by Apple Records. Later that year James Taylor theLP came out in England. Because this album appeared to have little success Taylor went back to America. Beginning there was the same album also released 1969 . Also, he signed a recording contract with Warner Music. In 1971 James Taylor scored his biggest hit with it-written by Carole King - you've got a friend number.

He married on 3 november 1972 Carly Simon with whom he has two children but from whom he would later divorce.

After the release of the album Sweet Baby James he got more success. The album reached number 1 and stayed for two years a huge bestseller. Some successful albums followed including his Greatest Hits. In 1976 , he switched to Columbia Records from Warner Music.

In February Taylor won a 1978 Grammy Award for the song Handyman. In the years that followed he did several tours and released albums as Dad Loves His Work andFlag.

In 1982 he divorced Carly Simon and then it became slightly quieter around James Taylor. In October 1985 only appeared his new album that's Why I'm Here. In that year he also married with Kathryn Walker. James Taylor In may 1995 received an honorary doctorate in music from the Berklee College of Music in BostonMassachusetts. The following year he separated also by Kathryn Walker.

He did a duet with Mark Knopfler on his in september 2000 released album Sailing to Philadelphia.

In the fall of 2007 it appeared live album One Man Band, a recording of his eponymous acoustic concert tour when he played with pianist Larry Golgings only as support.As part of the European part of this tour James Taylor played on 5 april 2008 in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam.

In 2008, he released his new cover cd from, among others, on which he Covers called Suzanne Leonard Cohens , The Temptationsit's Growing and 10 other covers brought out. These were studio-recorded live at the barn of Taylor in January 2008 with musicians such as Steve Gadd Louis Conte, and Lou Marini. In 2009, Taylor an extra cd with the previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same session. Below are Chuck Berry's Memphis and Tom WaitsShiver Me Timbers.

In the future, Taylor still several times this way record, perhaps a Covers 2, or a set of his own songs backed up by a Symphony Orchestra. His priority is[citation needed ], however, probably at a new album with new songs in 2009 or 2010, for which he is now in a "write session" is.

Taylor played in the spring of 2011 a small guest appearance in the sixth episode of the sitcom Mr. Sunshine. In this he sang along with Allison Janney the written by Leon Russell song A Song for You .

The first performance that Taylor was in the mid-1980s in Netherlands in Theater Carré in Amsterdam.

James Taylor & Carly Simon's son Ben Taylor has become like his parents a well-known singer-songwriter.



Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of


Date of




Number Of


James Taylor 1968 -
Sweet baby James 1970 -
James Taylor and the original flying machine 1971 -
Mud slide slim and the blue horizon 1971 -
One man dog 1972 -
Walking man 1974 -
Gorilla 1975 -
In the pocket 1976 -
Greatest hits 1976 - Compilation album
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 - Live Album
Best live 1994 - Live Album
Hourglass 1997 -
Greatest hits volume 2 2000 - Compilation album
October road 2002 24-08-2002 40 7
The best of James Taylor 2003 - Compilation album
James Taylor: A Christmas album 2004 -
James Taylor at Christmas 2006 -
One man band 2007 19-01-2008 90 1
Covers 26-09-2008 04-10-2008 85 2
Sings covers 2009 04-07-2009 19 11
Live at the Troubadour 21-05-2010 29-05-2010 76 3 with Carole King / live album


Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of


Date of




Number Of


Fire and rain 1970 14-11-1970 24 3 No. 18 in the Single Top 100
You've got a friend 1971 28-08-1971 20 5 No. 14 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
(What a) Wonderful world 1978 04-02-1978 tip19 - with Simon & Garfunkel
Her town too 1981 14-03-1981 tip6 - with J.D. Souther

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Fire and rain 1359 - 1408 1098 1152 1503 1297 820 987 1053 682 762 867 765 766
You've got a friend 678 1128 734 583 636 617 647 444 626 564 592 504 718 699 694
Sailing to Philadelphia

(with Mark Knopfler)

- - - - 942 427 367 405 515 513 458 393 479 670 582

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