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James Taylor Biography

Birth Name:
James Vernon Taylor
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Singer, songwriter, musician

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