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James Taylor

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There are at least three artists with this name:
1) an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who was a major part of a wave of singer-songwriters in the 1970s
2) a British acid jazz musician
3) the lead singer for Kool and the Gang from 1978 to 1988

1. James Taylor (born 12th March 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his father Isaac Taylor 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 part of a wave of soft singer-songwriters of the time that also included Carole King, Joni Mitchell, John Denver, Jackson Browne, and Carly Simon (whom he later married).

In March 2010 he commenced the Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King and members of his original band, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Danny Kortchmar. They played shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and North America, including the final event at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena. The tour was a major commercial success, and in some locations found Taylor playing arenas instead of his usual theatres or amphitheatres. With an average capacity of 95% for the shows, the tour raised millions for various charities of Taylor and King’s choice.

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  • juliacfonseca

    Esse cara sabe ser apaixonante...I'm in love with James Taylor <3

    30 May 5:31pm Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    So the statement is dumb, but you completely agree with what I was getting at. No argument from me, take a lot at Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie, Motown or the jazz musicians who helped push civil rights long before it was a national issue. The Beatles were outspoken their entire career. Music, Politics, culture, it all goes hand-in-hand, reflections, however you describe it there is a definite connection between them all.

    13 Mar 6:58am Reply
  • carolinayw

    one of my favorites singer-songwriters ever

    27 Feb 9:28pm Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    "Politics and music go hand-in-hand" that statement is dumb. Art definitely often reflects its context (including the political landscape), but one does not "go with" the other, they're just reflections of each other which makes sense because they exist in the same culture/world so really everything is just a reflection of everything else so what does anything matter

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    Politics and music go hand-in-hand. Let us thank President Obama for rescuing our country from the wars & economic decline of George "Dubya" Bush. President Obama, one of the great leaders of our time. James seems to agree.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rvandyke

    DavidSmith98, putting politics with music does have its place does it not? Though listening to JT does make one forget about all of the damage Obama has rained down on the poor of this nation.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • necrohammer

    He's music is so... nice :)

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • noizicfed

    Alright dudes, I heard a James Taylor song on a variety radio station recently, the song was really happy and uplifiting, it felt like love on a fall afternoon. I can't find it. HELP ME! please

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ubermenschean

    With all due respect Mr. Taylor, it just isn't the time for your own unique brand of bittersweet folk rock.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BodyForSoul

    huge influence on me as a songwriter I wish to be as smooth a ballad writer as James is he is a legend I love the singer songwriter era that is my favorite music style !

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Auto_Da_Fe

    The Swayzak James Taylor is not the Quartet James Taylor

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • YoungAndFamous

    I'm impressed to see how few people listen James Taylor HE IS ONE OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS I'VE EVER HEARD

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • WinsomeWinnower

    What is your favorite James Taylor album? He is so prolific, it's hard for me to ponder.

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • flowersonthewal

    inspired by the lovely james taylor :) http://ryanfrailich.bandcamp.com/track/you-fell-into-my-grave

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • viklahiri

    I'll be anxiously waiting to have you back in Brazil! Even if it costs my whole wage, i'll surely be there!

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    I love you James Taylor. Signed to The Beatles' Apple Records, and now campaigning for Obama!!

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • e262

    when people talk about singer-songwriters, they think of James Taylor [3]

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    A life of Fire and Rain...

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • eddycree8

    One of the modern troubadours... his music never goes out of style.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SmokedGhouda

    when people talk about singer-songwriters, they think of James Taylor [2]

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
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