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The Song that Inspired James Taylor to Become a Singer

by Charly Mann


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MJenkins      3:59 PM Thu 1/28/2010

That "two story farmhouse off Old Greensboro Road near University Lake" is the house I grew up in and my parents still live there. It's neat to see a picture of the Taylor family there!

Corey      2:16 PM Sun 11/22/2009

Great stuff! <br \><br \>I have a copy of that live duet of &quot;City Lights&quot; but it says it is from 1988. The album Livingston is plugging was released in 1988, Life Is Good, so I&#39;m inclined to go with that date.

sue w      5:10 PM Mon 8/10/2009

Alex Taylor was in my class &amp; he was a wild man....loved blues &amp; I think James credits him for going into folk instead of classical music.... funny guy....RIP Alex.

Carol Davis      1:24 PM Wed 7/8/2009

I got such a kick out of hearing the Taylor boys sing the Tube Rose snuff song. I wish one of them would record it and put it on an album.

Allison Richards      1:01 PM Mon 7/6/2009

It is uncanny how much James today looks like his father in 1952. Was his Dad a musical influence on the family?

Dan Monk      7:32 PM Fri 7/3/2009

Wonderful piece. I laughed as soon as I figured you were not totally serious.

Sylvia Clark      9:02 PM Thu 7/2/2009

This place is incredible for Chapel Hill nostalgia and history. I hope you do a piece on Alex Taylor someday. He was the greatest voice to come out of Chapel Hill.

CHHS67      3:05 PM Thu 7/2/2009

Tube Rose Snuff is still avialable. Maybe James and Liv could bury the hatchet and do a duet of this song for them.

Mollie Alvin      1:37 PM Thu 7/2/2009

Thanks for sharing these rare songs and interviews with James and Livingston. That version of CITY LIGHTS is incredible.

George Goodman      10:31 AM Thu 7/2/2009

Your story is hilarous, and I suspect has a kernal of truth. I really can imagine both James and Livingston as physicians if snuff had not gone to their brain.

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