After the Flying Machine broke up, Taylor became addicted to heroin and moved to London, England. He was signed to Apple Records after sending a demo tape to Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon) and released his debut album, James Taylor. The album did not sell terribly well and Taylor's addiction worsened. Moving back to the United States, Taylor checked into a hospital in Massachusetts to try to kick the habit. By 1969, he was well enough to perform live in Los Angeles but then broke both hands in a motorcycle accident.
Once recovering, Taylor signed to Warner Brothers Records and moved to California, keeping Peter Asher as his manager and record producer. His second album, Sweet Baby James, was a massive success, buoyed by the single Fire and Rain, a song about his experience in an asylum. Both the single and the album were massively successful, bring Taylor's first album and the single Carolina on my Mind back onto the charts. Taylor worked with Dennis Wilson (of the Beach Boys) on a film, Two-Lane Blacktop but this was unsuccessful at the time. 1971 saw the release of Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, another hit album. He won a Grammy Award for You've Got a Friend.
In 1972, Taylor returned with One Man Dog and married Carly Simon, another singer/songwriter. His next album, 1974's Walking Man was a disappointment but the following one, Gorilla, was a success, partially because of a successful single, a cover of Marvin Gaye's How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You). This was followed by In the Pocket in 1976, and then a Greatest Hits album that included some rerecordings of Apple Records-era material. It became a huge hit.
James Taylor and Carly Simon had two children, Ben and Sally. Simon was unhappy with Taylor's being out on the road traveling so much, and after he rejected an ultimatum from her that he spend more time with his kids, they divorced in 1983.
Taylor signed to Columbia Records and released JT in 1977, winning another Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, for Handy Man.
After collaborating with Art Garfunkel and briefly working with Broadway, Taylor took a two-year break, reappearing in 1979 with Flag. The album was a success, though there were no hit singles from it. Taylor also performed at the No Nukes concert in Madison Square Garden, then appeared on the album and film from the concert.
Taylor began touring regularly, though his studio recordings became more spread out. He won a third Grammy for Best Recording for Children in 1981 for his song Jelly Man Kelly off In Harmony 2. Several albums and tours followed in the 1980s, though Taylor was no longer widely popular and his reviews were more hit-and-miss than previously.
In the late 80s and 1990s, Taylor began touring more frequently overseas and releasing a few more albums. In spite of his waning popularity, Taylor's thirteenth album, New Moon Shine, went platinum in 1991. finally, he won a fourth Grammy for Best Pop Album in 1998 for Hourglass.
James Taylor Facts
|Birthday||March 13, 1948 (74)|
|Birthplace||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre|
|One Man Band|
|James Taylor: Live At The Beacon Theatre|
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|James Taylor: Pull Over|
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|Sweet Baby James Live|