James Taylor (singer-songwriter and guitarist)

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Legal name: James Vernon Taylor


James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend", a recording of Carole King's classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road and Covers).

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 James Taylor James Taylor 4
1970 Sweet Baby James James Taylor 3 6
1970 Original Flying Machine 1967 James Taylor 2
1971 Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon James Taylor 5 5
1972 One Man Dog James Taylor 3
1974 Walking Man James Taylor 4
1975 Gorilla James Taylor 4
1976 In the Pocket James Taylor 3
1977 JT James Taylor 2 6
1979 Flag James Taylor 3
1981 Dad Loves His Work James Taylor 5
1985 That's Why I'm Here James Taylor 5 2
1988 Never Die Young James Taylor 4
1991 New Moon Shine James Taylor 4 1
1997 Hourglass James Taylor 4
2002 October Road James Taylor 4 5
2004 A Christmas Album James Taylor 1
2006 James Taylor at Christmas James Taylor 3
2008 Covers James Taylor 5
2009 Other Covers James Taylor 1
Close Your Eyes Joni Mitchell & James Taylor 2

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 Liberty! Audiobook Mark O’Connor with Yo‐Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis & James Taylor 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1976 Greatest Hits Compilation James Taylor 5 4
1990 Classic Songs Compilation James Taylor 1
2000 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation James Taylor 5
2002 Listen With James Compilation James Taylor 2
2003 The Best of James Taylor Compilation James Taylor 3
2010 Original Album Classics Compilation James Taylor 1
2013 The Essential James Taylor Compilation James Taylor 1
Taylor Made... Greatest Hits Compilation James Taylor 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Live in Rio Live James Taylor 1
1993 (Live) Live James Taylor 4 1
1993 (Best Live) Live James Taylor 2
2007 One Man Band Live James Taylor 3 1
2010 Live at the Troubadour Live Carole King & James Taylor 1
1970-10-28: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK Live Joni Mitchell & James Taylor 1
Live at the Beacon Theatre Live James Taylor 1
Pull Over Live James Taylor 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 Working (1978 original Broadway cast) Soundtrack Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor 2

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Hi Five Compilation James Taylor 1

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