Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Taylor Family

On this TV Thursday, we feature two Taylor family recordings from the small screen. The first, from a Tomorrow Show broadcast in 1981, features the Taylor siblings singing James Taylor’s “Shower the People.”

The siblings are arranged in ascending order of age from left to right starting with Hugh, Livingston, Kate, James, and Alex. As stated yesterday, Alex died in 1993. Brother Hugh, the youngest, did not pursue a musical career on the level of his four siblings. He currently runs an Inn on Martha’s Vineyard. James, Kate, and Livingston still perform.

The second feature has James and his and Carly Simon’s daughter Sally singing “You Can Close Your Eyes.” James originally performed the song on his “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon” album from 1971. I believe the original featured backing vocals by Kate Taylor, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell.

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