James Taylor

James Taylor


3/12/1948, Boston, Massachusetts

Birth Name

James Vernon Taylor


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James Taylor is a prime example of the sensitive singer/songwriters that came to fame in the 1970s. Born to a wealthy family, Taylor formed bands with friends and his brother, Alex while still in his teens. After undergoing treatment for severe depression, and while addicted to heroin, Taylor…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • James was named the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MUSICARES Person of the Year in 2006.

    • James has been awarded five Grammy Awards.

    • In 2003 the city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, dedicated a bridge over Morgan Creek, near where James grew up, in James's honor. The bridge was renamed the James Taylor Bridge.

    • James's father, Isaac, was a medical doctor and Dean of the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where James grew up. James's mother, Gertrude "Trudy" Woodard Taylor had studied singing at the New England Conservatory of Music, and aspired to be an opera singer before her marriage.

    • James was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.

    • In 1998 James was awarded the prestigious Century Award by Billboard Magazine. The annual award honors a popular artist for career achievement.

    • In 2010 James and old friend Carole King kicked off their Troubadour Reunion tour. The tour came about after the pair reunited at the 50th anniversary of West Hollywood's Troubadour nightclub in 2007, a venue where they had performed together early in their careers.

    • James married singer Carly Simon in 1972. They had two children, Sally and Ben, and divorced in 1983.

    • James married Kathryn Walker in 1985. They divorced in 1996.

    • James married Caroline "Kim" Smedvig, a publicist with the Boston Symphony, in February 1997. They have twin sons, Henry and Rufus, who were born in September 1997 by means of a surrogate mother.

    • James was Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

    • James nicknames are Stringbean and JT.

    • James Taylor's song Fire and Rain is ranked #80 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.

    • James Taylor joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 63 entitled "Fat Camp."

  • Quotes

    • James Taylor: It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me, when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out of my mouth that wasn't there before.

    • James Taylor: (on growing up in North Carolina) I tell my kids that we were pre-TV and there was a lot of empty time there, slow weekends when you just walked into the woods and found whatever you could to kill time. There was this long, uninterrupted time to let your imagination grow. I believe that was an important part of whatever creative life I've had.

    • James Taylor: (on his childhood summer vacations) My father was from North Carolina. My mother was from Newburyport, Massachusetts; her father was a fisherman. She missed the sea and she missed New England, so she'd load us all into the station wagon and we'd make a two-day trip of it every summer and go up to Martha's Vineyard.

    • James Taylor: (on his drug addiction) I'm lucky to be here. I'm lucky that I didn't die, or that I didn't hurt somebody else more than I did or do more damage than I did. I should have died about five times. Overdoses, mostly. Or traffic accidents, or being at risk because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    • James Taylor: (on appearing at the 2008 National Democratic Convention) I have been at all the Democratic conventions since George McGovern. I remember Carole King, Barbra Streisand and I performed for McGovern in 1972. And I worked for Carter, Mondale, Clinton and I did a lot of work for Kerry.

    • James Taylor: (on his One Man Band tour) Of course, it's grand working with the big band--such great players... But performing these songs in their original, stripped-down form in small halls is like going to the well for water. It reconnects me to the music and puts me back in touch with the audience.

    • James Taylor: I wanted to perform, I wanted to write songs, and I wanted to get lots of chicks.

  • He has good music.

    James Taylor is a great song writer and music artist. He has many hits and I think that he simply is a true music talent. I never used to like him or even know whom he was until I listened to one of his songs. After that, I realized that he actually is really good and is responsible for many of the hit songs that I like. I didn't know that he wrote some of those and that he also sang some of the songs. I have to say that James Taylor is a music great and he is also a talent. Thank you.moreless