James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer–songwriter and guitarist born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Taylor's career began in the mid-1960s, but his commercial and critical breakthrough came with the 1970 album Sweet Baby James, a collection of sensitive and introspective songs ranked among the greatest folk rock albums ever.
During the early seventies his work achieved success among critics and the public, with hit singles like Fire and Rain and the U.S. number-one You've Got a Friend, a cover of Carole King's song.
His 1976 album Greatest Hits was certified diamond and has sold more than 11 million copies.
After the very successful JT (1977), he retained a large audience over the decades.