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James Taylor

James Taylor

In March 2011, James Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. The medal is the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence recognizing "outstanding achievements and support of the arts."

Taylor's music embodies the art of songwriting in its most fundamental form. He has been at it for decades, transforming introspective meditations into lyrics, melodies, and harmonies that comfort and reassure the listener with the sense that these sometimes painful, sometimes celebratory moments are a part of life shared by us all. In 1971, Taylor was featured on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as the harbinger of the singer-songwriter era. Today, this quintessential singer-songwriter has seen that era cross over into the 21st century.

As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has set a precedent and blazed a path to which countless young musicians have aspired. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his guitar-playing has established its own standard. Taylor has sold more than 50 million albums throughout his career, beginning in 1968 when he was signed to The Beatles' Apple Records.

His songs have had a profound influence on both songwriters and music lovers of all generations and from all walks of life: "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "Something in the Way She Moves," "Mexico," "Shower the People," "Your Smiling Face," "Carolina In My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "You Can Close Your Eyes," "Walking Man," "Never Die Young," "Shed a Little Light," "Copperline," "Caroline I See You," and many more.

Throughout his long career, Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for a catalog that runs from Sweet Baby James (1970) to Hourglass (1997) and October Road (2002). His first Greatest Hits album earned the Recording Industry Association of America's elite Diamond Award, given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the US. For his artistic accomplishments, Taylor was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest accolade, bestowed for distinguished creative achievement.

Taylor released Sweet Baby James in 1970. It went triple-platinum and spawned his first Top 10 hit, the intensely personal "Fire and Rain." The following year saw the release of another million-seller, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, with the No. 1 single "You've Got a Friend," written by his longtime friend Carole King. The recording won a Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Pop Male Vocal. In 1972, Taylor scored another gold album with One Man Dog, followed up in 1973 with Walking Man.

The album Gorilla (1975) included two more major chart entries: "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "Mexico." Following his final Warner Brothers recording, In the Pocket, Taylor moved on to Columbia Records and released a string of critically praised and commercially successful albums: JT, his 1977 double-platinum Columbia debut; Flag (1979); Dad Loves His Work (1981); That's Why I'm Here (1985); Never Die Young (1988); New Moon Shine (1991); the double-disc Live album (1993); Hourglass (1998), garnering Taylor his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Album; and October Road (2002)-all certified platinum.

The year 2000 saw Taylor's induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences selected him as its MusiCares Person of the Year in 2006, and his One Man Band (2007) was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special in 2008.

In May 2010, Taylor released the Live at the Troubadour CD/DVD of his November 2007 live performance with Carole King at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. Their subsequent Troubadour Reunion tour was one of the most successful concert tours of the decade. Most recently, Morgan Neville's acclaimed documentary, Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter was nominated for the Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was recently broadcast on PBS as part of its prestigious American Masters series. Taylor has received honorary doctorates of music from Williams College and the Berklee School of Music. Raised in North Carolina, he now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Caroline, and their sons Henry and Rufus.

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James Taylor : You've Got A Friend - Five James Taylor Classics : SSA : 01 Songbook : James Taylor and Carol King : 888680077266 : 00148295

James Taylor : You've Got A Friend - Five James Taylor Classicsnew

Review: Five James Taylor songs are included in this value-packed collection for treble voices! Your singers will enjoy rehearsing and performing these hits arranged by composer/conductor and former King's Singer Philip Lawson. Includes: Carolina in My Mind, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, You've Got a Friend.

Songlist: Carolina In My Mind, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Fire And Rain, Sweet Baby James, You've Got A Friend

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James Taylor : James Taylor - Anthology : Solo : 01 Songbook : James Taylor : 073999582758 : 0793527341 : 00358275

James Taylor : James Taylor - Anthology

Review: A collection of 34 of Taylor's greatest, including: Sweet Baby James * Carolina On My Mind * Handy Man * Fire And Rain * Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight * more.

Songlist: Fanfare, Dance, Fool For You, Anywhere Like Heaven, Night Owl, Hymn, Little David, Blossom, The Blues Is Just A Bad Dream, Brighten Your Night With My Day, Carolina In My Mind, Chili Dog, Country Road, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Don't Talk Now, Fire And Rain, Handy Man, Knocking 'round The Zoo, Lo And Behold, Mescalito, New Tune, Nobody But You (James Taylor), Oh Baby Don't Loose Your Lip On Me, One Man Parade, Rainy Day Man, Something In The Way She Moves, Something's Wrong, Steamroller (Steamroller Blues), Suite For 20g, Sunny Skies, Sunshine, Sunshine, Sweet Baby James, Taking It In, Woh, Don't You Know

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