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James Taylor

1948

James Taylor is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1963

James Taylor performs with longtime friend and guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar on Martha’s Vineyard, winning a local hootenanny competition.

1966

James Taylor and Kortchmar form the Flying Machine in New York’s Greenwich Village. Their demos are later released as James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine 1967 on the Euphoria label.

1968

James Taylor is issued in England on the Beatles’ Apple label. Taylor is the first non-Beatle signed to Apple.

1969

James Taylor moves to California and begins working on a new album, ‘Sweet Baby James’, for a new label, Warner Bros.

1970

James Taylor’s breakthrough ‘Sweet Baby James’ is released.

1970

‘Sweet Baby James’ enters the Billboard chart, where it will remain for over a hundred weeks, peaking at #3 and launching the singer/songwriter movement.

1970

James Taylor hits #3 with “Fire & Rain”.

1971

‘Time’ puts James Taylor on its cover shortly before the release of his hotly anticipated third album, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.

1971

James Taylor hits #1 with “You’ve Got a Friend” (written by Carole King).

1971

James Taylor hits #31 with “Long Ago and Far Away.”

1972

James Taylor and Carly Simon are married in Manhattan. Their marriage lasts ten years and yields two children, Sarah and Benjamin.

1973

James Taylor hits #14 with “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.”

1974

“Mockingbird,” a remake of the 1963 Inez and Charlie Foxx hit by James Taylor and Carly Simon, peaks at #5.

1976

James Taylor hits #22 with “Shower the People.”

1976

James Taylor’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album, featuring newly recorded versions of “Carolina in My Mind” and “Something in the Way She Moves,” is released. A steady seller that never rose higher than #23, it has been certified platinum 11 times over and remains Taylor’s best-selling album.

1977

Having switched labels, James Taylor’s first album for Columbia Records, ‘JT’, is released. It yields hit singles in “Handy Man” and “Your Smiling Face” and becomes Taylor’s highest charting album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.

1985

‘That’s Why I’m Here’, James Taylor’s first album since ‘Dad Loves His Work’ appeared four years earlier, is released. The only other album by Taylor that will appear in this decade is Never Die Young (1988).

1991

James Taylor’s ‘New Moon Shine’, featuring the autobiographical opening track “Copperline,” is released.

1993

‘James Taylor (LIVE)’, a double CD culled from 14 shows during a November 1992 East Coast tour, is released. A year later it appears in abbreviated single-disc form as ‘(Best LIVE)’.

1997

James Taylor inducts Crosby, Stills and Nash into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Cleveland.

1997

Hourglass, James Taylor’s first studio album in eight years, is released to glowing notices.

2000

James Taylor is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner. Paul McCartney is his presenter.

2004

James Taylor takes part in the Vote for Change Tour in support of John Kerry’s campaign for U.S. President.

2007

James Taylor releases One Man Band, a live concert album.

2011

President Obama presents James Taylor with the National Medal of the Arts.

2012

James Taylor received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.

2013

James Taylor sings “America the Beautiful” at President Obama’s second inauguration