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James Taylor Continues Carnegie Hall's 120th Anniversary Celebration

James Taylor’s Influences: Sam Cooke & Marvin Gaye

samcookemarvingaye1 James Taylor Continues Carnegie Hall's 120th Anniversary Celebration

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Soul legends [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sam Cooke[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] were huge influences on James Taylor. “… For me growing up in North Carolina, the stuff that I was listening to, the things that I was hearing, it was all about Black music, about soul music,” Taylor said in an interview with Tavis Smiley in 2007.

A great honor and relief for James Taylor was hearing that Marvin Gaye approved Taylor‘s rendition of his 1964 hit song “How Sweet It Is.”

James Taylor Performing “How Sweet It Is” in 1979
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