James Taylor No. 1

James Taylor No. 1

After 45 Years, James Taylor Scores his First Number One Hit Album

American-born folk singer James Taylor earned himself a loyal following ever since he debuted on the pop-folk scene with the 1970 album “Sweet Baby James”.

Since that time, he has recorded a number of soft-rock hits. In fact, most people would be able to recognize at least one or two songs from his catalog. Yet, the singer from Boston, Massachusetts, never topped the charts with an album. Anyone who’s ever listened to him during an interview would know he is not pretentious.

In fact, he records most of his work from a studio built out of his home. This allowed him to find that work-life balance between his career and his family.

Regardless, Taylor now knows what it’s like to be at the top of the charts. His latest album “Before This World” sold 96,000 copies in its debut week easily besting the next closest CD by a margin of two to one. With the chart topping commercial success of the CD, his first original collection of tunes in 13 years, he joins the list of venerable acts to wait a lifetime to reach number one. Still, Tony Bennett holds the record at 54 years between his debut album and his chart topping CD “Duets II” back in 2011.