Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
Don’t let the lovely, understated tone fool you.
James Taylor delivered tales of a tortured soul in a rich, mellow tenor. His confessional singer-songwriter style paved the way for the likes of Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Paul McCartney Inducts James TaylorPaul McCartney Inducts James Taylor at the 2000 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Paul McCartney Inducts James Taylor00:04:10
James Taylor Acceptance Speech00:04:41
"Fire and Rain"00:04:27
"How Sweet It Is"00:04:44
Hall of Fame Essay
“I seem to write a lot about going from darkness to light,” James Taylor has observed of his songs, whose illuminations have provided insight, solace and pleasure to millions for more than three decades.
He’s often been called a singer/songwriter, but that term - applied in the early Seventies to describe Taylor and others who proffered a more folkish, introspective retort to the rock & roll tumult of the Sixties - fails to recognize that he’s also incorporated all kinds of blues, Brill Building pop, Motown soul and country influences into one of the more unmistakable musical signatures of the rock era.
His is a subtle, seductive magic, owing to the sturdy craftsmanship of his songs, the casual, amber warmth and Appalachian nasality of his voice and the utterly unique way he fingerpicks the acoustic guitar.
a haunting guy who could really play the guitar
Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage; Henry Diltz
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