James Taylor

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Folk Singer
Date of Birth March 12, 1948
Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts
Age 72 years old
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James Taylor

James Vernon Taylor 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. He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.

Born: March 12, 1948, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Arlington School
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active: 1966–present
Home town: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Children: 4, including Sally and Ben Taylor
Parent(s): Isaac M. Taylor, Gertrude Woodard Taylor
Relatives: Alex Taylor (brother), Kate Taylor (sister), Livingston Taylor (brother)
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About James Taylor

Folk singer known for hit songs like "You've Got a Friend" and "Fire and Rain" and who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

He suffered from depression starting his senior year of high school and would spend twenty hours a day sleeping.


He has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Family Life

He married Carly Simon in 1972, Kathryn Walker in 1985, and then Caroline Kim Smedvig in 2001. He has three sons named Ben, Rufus and Henry and a daughter named Sally.


He has collaborated with many well-respected musicians, including Joni Mitchell.

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Latest information about James Taylor updated on February 23, 2021.

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