7 James Taylor Videos That Will Take You Back To Your Dorm Room

by Leigh Anderson
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1. “Your Smiling Face” from the 1977 album JT:

2. “Fire And Rain,” which Taylor wrote about the suicide of a childhood friend and his own struggles with addiction:

3. “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” from 1972’s One Man Dog:

4. Rocking out with Carole King to “I Feel the Earth Move”:

5. “Up on the Roof,” written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, was recorded in 1962 by the Drifters. Taylor covered it for his 1979 album Flag:

6. “You Can Close Your Eyes” from 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. Here’s a homemade recording of Taylor and then-wife Carly Simon—who turns 70 today!—singing it in 1977:

7. And finally, the song that started it all, 1970’s “Sweet Baby James,” a lullaby for his nephew:

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