Chart Position: 3

  • #227 on Rolling Stone Magazines List of 500 Greatest Songs
  • Written by James Taylor
  • Guitar: James Taylor
  • Keyboards: Carole King
  • Produced by Peter Asher
  • #85 on Recording Industry of America ‘Songs of the Century’
  • This autobiographical song concerns the suicide of a friend and James Taylor’s recovery from both a motorcycle accident and drug addiction
  • James Taylor was homeless at the time the 1970 LP Sweet Baby James was recorded
  • James Taylor is from Chapel Hill NC
  • Also recorded by Johnny Rivers (1970), R.B. Greaves (1970), Richie Havens (1971), Cher (1971),  Blood Sweat and Tears (1970), Marcia Hines (1975) and many others





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