James Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, originally from Boston, Massachusetts. After the Flying Machine broke up, Taylor became addicted to heroin and moved to London, England. He was signed to Apple Records after sending a demo tape to Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon;) and released his debut album, JAMES TAYLOR. The album did not sell terribly well and Taylor's addiction worsened. Moving back to the United States, Taylor checked into a hospital in Massachusetts to try to kick the habit. By 1969, he was well enough to perform live in Los Angeles but then broke both hands in a motorcycle accident.Once recovering, Taylor signed to Warner Brothers Records and moved to California, keeping Peter Asher as his manager and record producer. His second album, Sweet Baby James, was a massive success, buoyed by the single "Fire and Rain", a song about his experience in an asylum. Both the single and the album were massively successful, bring Taylor's first album and the single "CAROLINA IN MY MIND" back onto the charts.
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