Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 30, 2014
Smooth singing sixties-era artist James Taylor is probably best known for his ballad “You’ve Got A Friend”. It was released with his second album Sweet Baby James in 1971. The track was written by fellow artist and friend Carole King, who also added piano and back up vocals, and it garnered Grammys for both.
Today, Taylor, now 66, has more friends than ever and is back on the road again to see them with his 2014 North American Summer Tour, dubbed James Taylor and His All-Star Band. This year's effort is a 36-city trek that plays 42 dates across 26 states in North America, and opens the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon tonight, May 30, 2014.
The U.S. wrap is currently set for the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 9, 2014.
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After opening in Portland, the singer’s tour hits Seattle, Concord, Santa Barbara, L.A., Phoenix, Albuquerque, Spring, Grand Prairie, Holmdel, Morrison, Wichita, Lincoln, Kansas City, Maryland Heights, Highland Park, Columbus, Lenox, Bangor, Gilford, Wantagh, Holmdel, Saratoga Springs, Bethel, and Camden.
The tour then hits Toronto, Cuyahoga Falls, Clarkston, Bristow, Raleigh, Charlotte, Alpharetta, Memphis and North Little Rock before wrapping in Oklahoma City on August 9. Taylor heads across the pond to perform next at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England on September 30, 2014.
Born James Vernon Taylor on March 12, 1948 in Boston, Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at age 14, and continued to learn the instrument as if by second nature. By the summer of 1963, he and a pal named Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around Martha’s Vineyard, billed as "Jamie & Kootch".
In late 1967, funded by a small family inheritance, Taylor moved to London and was able to get his demos to Paul McCartney, who later said, "I just heard his voice and his guitar and I thought he was great ... and he came and played live, so it was just like, 'Wow, he's great.'" Taylor became the first non-British act signed to Apple.
In 1971, Taylor's biggest hit single in the U.S., a version of the Carole King standard "You've Got a Friend" (featuring backing vocals by Joni Mitchell and piano and vocals by Carole King) reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in late July. The album itself reached Number Two, which would be Taylor's highest position ever on the list.
In early 1972, Taylor won his first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for the song. King also won Song of the Year for the same tune. Since then, Taylor has recorded 16 albums. Following his 8th album in 1977 called JT, his commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence in the late 1990s and 2000s, when Taylor recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work in the albums Hourglass, October Road and Covers.
Recently, in 2011, Taylor performed his first hit from 44 years ago, "Fire and Rain", with Taylor Swift at the last concert of her Speak Now World Tour in Madison Square Garden. In 2012, Swift appeared as Taylor's special guest in a concert at Tanglewood.
In 2013, Taylor sang at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier with his songs “The Water is Wide” and “Shower the People”. Most recently, he sang "America the Beautiful" at President Obama's second inauguration.
Taylor is a five-time Grammy Award winner. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. His best-selling album, the 1976 Greatest Hits release, was certified Diamond and has sold over 12 million US copies to date.
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