James Taylor

Starting off as a child cellist, Boston-born James Taylor switched to guitar and eventually started writing songs, after being raised in North Carolina, where his father was a college dean. Taylor did a stint in the band The Flying Machine before sending a demo tape to British producer Peter Asher in 1968. That resulted in his being signed to Apple Records and his first self-titled album, which featured exquisite singing, playing and arrangements. But Taylor hit his stride with his triple platinum 1970 album Sweet Baby James. Taylor has regularly charted and sold out concerts for decades. With his first Greatest Hits album selling more than 10 million copies, he received the RIAA’s Diamond Award. He currently lives in the Berkshires.
(by Ed Symkus)

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