Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sweet Baby James

Another artist who deserves strong consideration to have his songs and music on our Centennial Class 40th Reunion CD is James Taylor. He exploded on the rock sceene in February, 1970 with the release of his album "Sweet Baby James," Taylor's first single hit off that vinyl was the highly biographic "Fire and Rain" which rose as high as #3 on Billboard's Top 100 rankings. The song was later named #227 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Courtesty of You Tube, here's a contemporary performance of "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor from a concert performance back in 1970.....

The piano work on the original version of "Fire and Rain" was performed by the legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. Taylor and King many years later (in 2010) did a nationwide concert tour including a date at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena just days after the massive floods that struck our city in May, 2010. It was the first performance event held in the Arena following the disaster and the flood damage to the building had the led the concert to be up in the air until just days before the show went on. But what a show it was! One of the greatest performances I have ever seen by two rock and roll legends just enjoying a night together playing their music. We add some Carole King songs to our CD list shortly.

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