Fast Facts

  • Learned how to play the guitar at the age of 12 after studying cello when he was younger.
  • Dropped out of school at 16 to form his first band.
  • Released his self-titled debut solo album in the UK at the end of 1968, and in the U.S. in February 1969.
  • Released his second album, Sweet Baby James, in February of 1970, which garnered much critical acclaim and spawned the hit "Fire and Rain."
  • Heralded as the founder of the singer-songwriter movement in pop music, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1971.
  • Forayed into acting with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in the unsuccessful but well-reviewed film Two-Lane Blacktop (1971).
  • Was honored by Billboard Magazine with the Century Award, their highest accolade, in October of 1998.
  • Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Has received honorary doctorates of music from the Berklee College of Music (1995) and Williams College (2009).
  • A long-standing member of the Natural Resources Defense Council's board of trustees.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.


  • 2003, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Pop Album: Winner
  • 1977, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male: Winner
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Classical Crossover Album: Winner
  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2001, Grammy — Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1978, Tony — Score: Nominee


  • Isaac M. Taylor — Father
  • Kathryn Walker — Ex-wife
  • Alex Taylor — Brother
  • Carly Simon — Ex-wife
  • Henry Taylor — Son
  • Sally Taylor — Daughter
  • Gertrude Taylor — Mother
  • Livingston Taylor — Brother
  • Hugh Taylor — Brother
  • Kate Taylor — Sister
  • Rufus Taylor — Son
  • Caroline "Kim" Smedvig — Wife
  • Ben Taylor — Son

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  • Birth Name: James Vernon Taylor
  • Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician

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