James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (1970)

James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter.

By the end of 60s, James Taylor had seen many ups and downs in his life, and had released one promising but ultimately flawed album on Apple Records. However he left Apple when the company began to fall apart, taking Peter Asher with him as his manager. He was clearly going places though, as he headlined a six-night series of gigs at L.A.'s Troubadour, and played the Newport Folk Festival to a great reception. It was then however that he broke both hands and both feet in a motorcycle accident. Nevertheless he continued writing, and was signed to Warner Bros. Records. Once recovered he moved to California and recorded his second album.
Sweet Baby James was released in 1970. Overall it was a much more consistent record than his debut, showcasing his talents in a more constructive way. It was a massive success, and earned him a legion of new fans. The single "Fire And Rain" got to #3 on the singles charts, and the album itself also charted at #3. It was this album which was responsible for breaking Taylor through into the mainstream, and placed him as one of the first of the new breed of mellow California-based troubadours that would soon come to dominate the charts.

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