James Taylor (March 12, 1948)
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He played the part of God in the opera Faust, by Randy Newman. Newman played the devil, and Don Henley played the title character. (thanks, Jeff - Haltom City, TX)
He and his third wife have twin boys born in 2001 from a surrogate mother. (thanks, jessa - Brampton, ON, Canada)
His mother is Classical Soprano star Gertrude Woodard and his father is Doctor Isaac Taylor. He has 3 brothers: his older brother Alex (Born in 1947, Died in 1993) and his younger brothers Livingston and Hugh, and he has a sister Kate. All of his siblings are musicians just like him and all have recorded an album. In addition to the twins, he also has 2 children: a daughter named Sally and a son named Ben, both of whom are also musicians. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
James Vernon Taylor was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Chappel Hill, North Carolina in 1951. James' older brother, Alex Taylor has a son named James Richmond Taylor. Alex sadly lost his life on March 12, 1993, James' 45th birthday. (thanks, Annabelle - Eugene, OR)
Taylor's producer through much of the 1970s was Peter Asher, formerly part of the 1960's English duo Peter And Gordon. Asher "discovered" Taylor while Taylor was living in London and Asher was working for the Beatles' Apple record company. Asher moved to the US to produce Taylor and later, Linda Ronstadt. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY)
He married Carly Simon
in 1972. Their marriage lasted 11 years. In 1985, he remarried to Kathryn Walker.
He and his family spent their summers on Martha's Vineyard, which is where he met Danny "Kooch" Kotchmar, and the two began playing music together.
As a child, he studied cello, but in 1960, he started teaching himself how to play guitar. Three years later, he headed back to New England to attend prep school at the Milton Academy in Massachusetts. When he was 16, he formed a band with his brother Alex and quit the Milton Academy. He also moved to New York and began experiencing severe depression. He checked himself into a Massachusetts hospital, where he was treated for depression and began writing more intensely.
In an attempt to kick what had become a heroin addiction, he moved in 1968 to London, where he got a record deal with The Beatles' Apple Records and recorded his first album. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 4)
is a big fan, and named his first child Taylor in honor of James.
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