|Birth Name||James Vernon Taylor|
|Born||March 12, 1948 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Genres||Folk rock, rock, pop, soft rock, blues, Christmas music, country folk|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, organ vocals|
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James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of “You've Got a Friend”, written by Carole King in the same year. 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. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road, and Covers). He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.
He is known for his covers, such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and “Handy Man”, as well as originals such as “Sweet Baby James”.
James Vernon Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, worked as a resident physician. His father came from a wealthy Scottish family from the South. However, part of his ancestral roots are deep in Massachusetts Bay Colony and include Edmund Rice, one of the founders of Sudbury, Massachusetts. His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard (1921–2015), studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an aspiring opera singer before the couple's marriage in 1946.
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How To Play Guitar Like James Taylor
Long Ago and Far Away: James Taylor His Life and Music (Biography)
The New Best of James Taylor for Guitar
In this book, Taylor has Transcribed as well as provided Easy Tab Deluxe for his best hits. Titles are: Copperline * Country Road * Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight * Fire and Rain * Mexico * Millworker * Shower the People * Steamroller * Sweet Baby James * Walking Man * You've Got a Friend * Your Smiling Face.