James Taylor’s Influences: The Beatles
James Taylor cites [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] as a major influence of his and they inspired him to take his guitar, some songs, and travel through Europe to “see what becomes of it.”
While in London he met with friends who convinced him to cut a demo. So while in SoHo (in the West End of London, not NYC) he recorded and got the demo into the hands of Peter Asher, who was the head of A&R for The Beatles‘ newly-formed label, Apple Records.
Once [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Georgie Harrison[/lastfm] heard it, they signed him and Taylor began recording. Taylor recorded his self titled album at Trident Studios, where Paul McCartney would make an appearance on bass and George Harrison would lend some backing vocals for “Carolina in My Mind.”
Listen to “Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor