James Taylor at 72: His greatest hits

James Taylor at 72: His greatest hits

James Taylor is one of the most influential singers and songwriters of all time. To celebrate the musical genius’ birthday, we look at his greatest hits.

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James Taylor has sold over 100-million albums during his lengthy career. He is one of the most celebrated artists of our time.

Today, the legendary singer turns 72.

His music career is full of many highlights.

Taylor started off his career by impressing The Beatles and became the first artist they signed to their music label – Apple Records.

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Despite struggling for many years with drug addiction and spending time in a psychiatric hospital, Taylor has never allowed his struggles to stop him from releasing music that will touch and change people’s lives.

He has released 29 albums and won eight Grammy Awards. His latest album, 'American Standard', was released on 28 February 2020.

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In the first week of March, the album debuted in the top 10 on the new Billboard 200 albums chart. Taylor became the first artist to earn a top 10 album in each of the last six decades.

One of the songs very close to Taylor's heart is 'Jump Up Behind Me'. 

The song was released in 1997. Although it sounds like a romantic song, it is a tribute to the singer's dad, who rescued him from New York where Taylor had been struggling with drug addiction. 

It is taken from the album 'Hourglass'. The album won Taylor a Grammy Award for Best Pop Album in 1998. 

In 1975, Taylor released his greatest hits album.

The album featured the songs; 'Something In The Way She Moves', 'Carolina In My Mind', 'Fire And Eyes', 'Sweet Baby James', 'Country Road', 'You've Got A Friend', 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight', 'Walkin' Man', 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)', 'Mexico', 'Shower The People', and 'Steamroller'.

In 2000, he released 'Greatest Hits Volume 2'.

The songs are: 'Secret o' Life', 'Handy Man', 'Your Smiling Face', 'Up On The Roof', 'Her Town Too', 'That's Why I'm Here', 'Only A Dream In Rio', 'Everyday', 'Song For You Far Away', 'Never Die Young', '(I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'bout That', 'Shed A Little Light', 'Copperline', 'Another Day', 'Little More Time With You', and 'Enough To Be On Your Way'.

Listen to James Taylor's greatest hits albums below:

James Taylor's music is currently playing on East Coast Gold. Listen to our 60s, 70s and 80s classic hits station here.

Image courtesy of Instagram/ @Jamestaylor

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