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In this Rolling Stone feature, James walks us through 50 years of songwriting... going back to 1968 and his signing by the Beatles to Apple Records!
I finished this in May 2014, but I had the music for about seven years before that. I knew that I wanted to write about this miracle 2004 season
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A relaxed Berkshires summer afternoon with friends. How are you spending today?
L to R: Ruth DeSarno, Edgar Meyer, James, Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma
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Legends in their own time! Wish you guys were on your way to Chapel Hill, NC, next! Love this photo!
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Do you remember the revolving stage in 2010's Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King? Take a #TBT look at the 8-hr process of putting it together. Such an amazing road crew!
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Saw the show in St. Paul
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George Wein founded the Newport Jazz and Folk Festival in 1954 and produced it for many years. He was also the person who cut short James' performance in 1969 when the astronauts landed on the moon! This year, James was delighted to see him again… and be allowed to complete his set! #JT
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A month ago his show would have been interrupted by the Pluto flyby. Plus ca change!
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At a recent Sirius XM Radio event, James talked about the first record he ever bought. Little did he know, they had a surprise for him! #JT
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James Taylor receives his First Record a Second Time by SiriusXM Music
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I am so happy for him that his album made it to the billboard charts. I have always been a fan of his.
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"It turns out it’s not a bad place to play music. … Thank you for making the most remarkable night of my career." James talks to The Boston Herald about his historic Fenway Park concert. #JT
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Family reunion! James hanging with his siblings at Fenway Park last week. #JT
L to R: James, Kate Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Hugh Taylor
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Family. Siblings. Cherish them always!
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Kim was lucky enough to work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Seiji Ozawa for almost 30 years. On September 1, James (along with Jimmy Johnson, Steve Gadd and Jeff Babko) will participate in Maestro Ozawa's 80th birthday celebration in Matsumoto, Japan!
Celebrating Seiji at 80! | Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (OMF)
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Seiji Ozawa the great Maestro. :-)
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Check out Tim McGraw backstage in Raleigh, NC. A little "Fire & Rain" jam!
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Per a incondicionals de la música de James Taylor, canti qui la canti
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"James and George Jones have a long musical history. James wrote "Bartender's Blues" with George in mind (George then recorded it!), and also covered George's songs "Why Baby, Why" and "She Thinks I Still Care."
Pop legend's rendition of the country hit came almost 30 years after Jones covered one of Taylor's tunes
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Just listened to the covers of George's songs that james did, and I must say they were well done. Never knew these existed.
Great posts lately, good job.
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"See you next summer"... Wait, what? ;) #JT #FenwayPark #RedSox #LetsDoItAgain
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Definitely come back next summer... I missed this one!
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Do you remember what was the first song you ever learned? James does! Check it out, courtesy of the BBC. #TBT
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First song I learned was Apeman by the Kinks 
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Introduction
James Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. For more than forty years Taylor has been a compass for his fans, articulating moments of pain and joy, and letting his listeners know that they are not alone.

As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has set a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his distinctive style of guitar-playing has been enormously influential. He has sold over 100 million albums throughout his career, beginning in 1968 when he was signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records. In 1971, Taylor was featured on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as the harbinger of the singer-songwriter era. His voice has been a constant in a changing world for his first generation of fans and their children.

Taylor’s songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers 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,” “Enough to be On Your Way,” “Caroline I See You,” and many more. He has earned 40 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards for a catalog that runs from James Taylor (1968) and 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 United States. For his artistic accomplishments, Taylor was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine’s highest accolade, bestowed for distinguished creative achievement.

Taylor released his breakthrough album 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, Taylor released Covers and Other Covers that features Taylor’s full band and is his own musical interpretation of tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. 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 broadcast on PBS as part of its prestigious American Masters series.

In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and in 2011, was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. Both medals are their nation’s highest honors for artistic excellence recognizing “outstanding achievements and support of the arts.” In 2011, Taylor was also honored with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall and featuring Taylor and personally selected musical guests. The first of these concerts was a gala benefit celebrating the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall. Three months after the National Medal of Arts ceremony, Taylor returned to the White House to perform for President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a state dinner held in the Rose Garden.

In a career marked by artistic triumphs, the past few years for Taylor have been notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement. Although Taylor took a touring hiatus in 2013 to continue work on a new album, he added a private concert for the victim families of Newtown, CT, a memorial service for MIT Officer Sean Collier and an appearance at The One Fund benefit concert in Boston. He was also a featured performer at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in January. 

June 2015 will see the release of Before This World, Taylor’s new album of original material, his first in over 13 years. Taylor wrote and recorded much of Before This World while touring over the past several years.

It will also be a particularly special summer for Taylor as he will be performing a full length concert with his All-Star Band for the first time ever at Fenway Park to a sold out crowd on August 6th, with guest Bonnie Raitt. Taylor will also be returning to Tanglewood on July 4th for his 24th performance since his first appearance there in 1974.

James Taylor has received honorary doctorates of music from Williams College and the Berklee School of Music. Raised in North Carolina, he lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Caroline and their sons Henry and Rufus.

Spring 2015