James Taylor

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Biography

  • Birth Name: James Vernon Taylor
  • Birth Place: Boston, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/12/1948, Pisces
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter; musician
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James Taylor 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.
  • James Taylor Relationships:
  • Livingston Taylor - Brother
  • Carly Simon - Ex-wife
  • Gertrude Taylor - Mother
  • Caroline "Kim" Smedvig - Wife
  • Henry Taylor - Son
  • Kate Taylor - Sister
  • Hugh Taylor - Brother
  • Dr. Isaac M. Taylor - Father
  • Alex Taylor - Brother
  • Rufus Taylor - Son
  • Kathryn Walker - Ex-wife
  • Sally Taylor - Daughter
  • Ben Taylor - Son
  • James Taylor Awards:
  • 1977 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male - Winner
  • 1971 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male - Winner
  • 2001 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 1978 Tony: Score - Nominee
  • 2009 Grammy: Best Classical Crossover Album - Winner
  • 2003 Grammy: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • 1997 Grammy: Best Pop Album - Winner

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