Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1948: Singer-songwriter James Taylor is born in Boston, the second of five children. His father is a doctor and his mother an accomplished singer. Raised in North Carolina, Taylor is among a wave of introspective songwriters that includes Cat Stevens, Carole King, Paul Simon, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. He will win five Grammy Awards. His breakthrough hit comes in 1970 with Fire and Rain, which is about (among other things) the suicide of his childhood friend Suzanne Schnerr and his own struggle to overcome drug addiction. Taylor is performing to this day.