James Taylor, music's folk-rock troubadour

One of the best-selling artists of all time turns 75 on March 12

Stars Insider

10/03/23 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

James Taylor is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His eponymous debut album was released in 1968 on The Beatles' Apple Records label. Two years later with the release of the folk-rock masterpiece 'Sweet Baby James,' his soft and sensitive acoustic style of music was being compared to the likes of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Shy and brooding as a young man, Taylor's troubled early life is reflected in some of his most celebrated compositions. With success came a growing self-confidence and the first of six Grammy Awards. Numerous other accolades have followed. In 2020, Taylor released his 20th studio album. Now in his mid-seventies, he remains one of popular music's most respected and influential singer-songwriters. So how has this man, known for his confessional lyrics and soulful voice, sold more than 100 million records worldwide?

Click through for an appreciation of James Taylor's career to date.

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