JT is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, and his first album for Columbia Records. Released in June 1977, two hit singles were spawned from the album: “Handy Man”, a Jimmy Jones cover, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also topped the Adult Contemporary chart. “Your Smiling Face”, the other big hit, peaked at #20. The record also contains other Taylor classics such as “Secret O’ Life” and “Terra Nova”, with the participation of Taylor’s then-wife Carly Simon.
At the 1978 Grammy Awards, Taylor won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his version of “Handy Man”. JT itself was also nominated for Album of the Year, but lost to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.
JT was Taylor’s highest-charting album since Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and stands as Taylor’s biggest-selling studio album in the United States with over 3.5 million copies sold.
“Your Smiling Face” – 2:50 “There We Are” – 3:02 “Honey Don’t Leave L.A.” – 3:05 “Another Grey Morning” – 2:44 “Bartender’s Blues” – 4:12 “Secret O’ Life” – 3:34 “Handy Man” – 3:17 “I Was Only Telling a Lie” – 3:24 “Looking for Love on Broadway” – 2:23 “Terra Nova” – 4:32 “Traffic Jam” – 1:58 “If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight” – 3:01
James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road, and Covers). He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.
He is known for his popular covers, such as “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” and “Handy Man”, as well as originals such as “Sweet Baby James”.
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Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and children’s author. She first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 U.S. hits include “Anticipation” (No. 13), “You Belong To Me” (No. 6), “Coming Around Again” (No. 18), and her four Gold certified singles “Jesse” (No. 11), “Mockingbird” (No. 5), a duet with James Taylor, “You’re So Vain” (No. 1), and “Nobody Does It Better” (No. 2) from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.
Live collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor and their original band rejoined for 6 shows at the famed Troubadour Club in L.A. Recorded live at the legendary Los Angeles Troubadour club in November 2007.