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Early Music Career

In 1965, James Taylor committed himself to the McLean Psychiatric Hospital located in Belmont, Massachusetts. While James was there he worked on his songwriting. He left the Harvard affliated facility in 1966 and helped form his first band - The Flying Machine. They broke up after some limited success and James moved to London where he signed up with the APPLE record label. Taylor's first album, titled simply JAMES TAYLOR was released in December of 1968 and was considered good by the critics of the time, but did not sell well. 

    James returned to the United States in 1969 and was checked into a hospital in New York, fighting a drug addition. He then went to another mental health facility in Massachusetts. After he left there he went to the 1969 Newport Folk Festival and played there. Getting more popularity he then left for California and recorded his first USA album with Warner Brothers.