Chart Position: 3

  • #227 on Rolling Stone Magazines List of 500 Greatest Songs
  • #85 on Recording Industry of America ‘Songs of the Century’
  • Written by James Taylor
  • Guitar: James Taylor, Red Rhodes, Danny Kortchmar
  • Keyboards: Carole King
  • Produced by Peter Asher
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • 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), Anne Murray (1970), R.B. Greaves (1970), Blood Sweat & Tears (1970), Jerry Walsh (1970), McKendree Spring (1970), Dorothy Morrison (1970), Boots Randolph (1970), Richie Havens (1971), Cher (1971),  Blood Sweat and Tears (1970), Andy Williams (1971), R. Dean Taylor (1971), Dick Hyman (1971), Sammi Smith (1971), John Denver (1971), Willie Nelson (1971), James Burton (1971), New Birth (1971), Bobby Womack (1971), Chris Connor (1971), Salena Jones (1971), Charles McPheeters (1971), Frank Mills (1971), Floyd Cramer (1971), Rick Wakeman (1971), Caravelli (1971), Larry Morris (1971), Gladys Knight & Pips (1972), Jill Kirkland (1972), Maynard Ferguson (1972), Anita Bryant (1972), Roger Whittaker (1972), Blossoms (1972), Richard Last Group (1972), Square Set (1972), Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass (1973), Lou Rawls (1973), Bob Morley (1972), Della Reese (1973), Enoch Light (1974), Carolyn Franklin (1973), Tim Hardin (1974), Trident (1975), Marcia Hines (1975), Al Jarreau (1976), Poacher (1978), Tony Orlando (1980), Johnny Rodriguez (1981), Jack Jones (1982), Billie Joe Spears (1981), Bobby Darin (1987),  Sammy Kershaw (1994), Amii Stewart (1995), Spectrum (1995), CommonGround (1998), Betty Buckley (2001), Linda Thompson (2001), Dennis Durant (2005), Tara MacLean (2006), Dee Daniels (2007), Rezidudes (2007), Angela (2007), Maureen McGovern (2008),  Overtones (2008), Chris Foster (2009), Ranee Lee (2009), Sam Moran (2010), Tribute Co. (2010), Carole King & James Taylor (2010), Rich Wyman (2011), Deja Vu (2011), Paolo Santos (2012), Dear Abbeys (2012), Lindsey Young (2011), Nicole Henry (2013), Hangovers (2013), Boyce Avenue (2015), Tom Lum Forest (2016), Diesel (2016), Meg Birch (2017), Mario DaSilva (2020) and many others

FIRE AND RAIN

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