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A TRIBUTE TO JAMES TAYLOR premiered on November 29, 2006 on PBS (check local listings).

With his gentle acoustic sound and insightful lyrics, James Taylor remains one of the most influential and beloved singer-songwriters to emerge from the popular music scene of the 1970s. In a career extending over three decades, Taylor's musical craftsmanship has delighted critics and audiences alike. In recognition of his many achievements in music, as well as his philanthropic efforts, Taylor was honored in February 2006 as "Person of the Year" by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' MusiCares program. The all-star lineup of performers paying tribute to "Sweet Baby James" includes India Arie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Douglas, Dr. John, Carole King, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Keith Urban.

The MusiCares tribute is just the latest honor for the much-admired musician heralded by TIME magazine as the "originator of the singer-songwriter era" in 1971. In 2000 Taylor was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and BILLBOARD magazine recognized his creative achievements with their Century Award in 1998. He has sold 40 million records throughout his long career and just released his second CD of Christmas favorites, JAMES TAYLOR AT CHRISTMAS. Discover more about the music man's life and career in the biography. Browse a discography that includes a list of signature songs from each of his recordings. Find all the numbers performed in the tribute concert in the song list, which also has links to video clips.

Special funding for this program was provided by The Starr Foundation.

Top banner photos: India.Arie, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor (photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage), and Keith Urban.


Sting performs one of Taylor's songs on a lute.

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Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.

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