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James Taylor

James Taylor began his soft-spoken folk journey in Greenwich Village in the late 1960s as the first non-British artist signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records. By 1971, he was crowned forerunner of the singer/songwriter era with a Time magazine cover story, and released an abundance of hits across the remainder of the decade and into the ’80s.

The self-penned “Fire and Rain,” “Sweet Baby James,” and “Country Road” are among his most beloved, along with covers of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” and Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Following a late-’90s comeback, Taylor remained a fixture on the concert circuit, both as a solo headliner and during 2010’s record-breaking “Troubadour Reunion Tour” with King.

His career has been marked by constant recognition, including five Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, and even a Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2015, Taylor returned to the studio to record Before This World, his first album of original material in 13 years—and his first album to top the American charts.

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