James Taylor has sold close to 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 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 #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.
Forty years later, his voice has been a constant in a changing world for his first generation of fans and their children. His songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life.
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