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Musical Stardom

James Taylor's career blasted off with his second album, Sweet Baby James (February 1970), which had included his best known song, the sad and sweet "Fire and Rain." The album and the song both reached No. 3 in their chart categories and James was on his way.

   On his next album, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, Taylor had a No. 1 hit. The song "You've Got a Friend," written by Carole King was very popular, winning him his first Grammy for his performance of the song.

A few other album releases with less success followed then the album James Taylor's Greatest Hits was released in 1976 and was very popular from the first day. The album has now received diamond certification which indicates it has sold 10million plus copies. In the next year, 1977, James won his second Grammy. It was for his version of  "Handy Man" and also his first album for Columbia records. 

During the rest of the 20th century James Taylor continued  his work, and did more albums, live albums and worked on a musical which was on Broadway. His album Hourglass won the Grammy for Best Pop Album in 1997 and he won Grammys in 2001 and 2003 also.