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Other young artists of his age whom I worked with sang about how good or bad life was but really had no idea what they were singing about.
Asher was A&R head for the Beatles' newly formed label Apple Records.
The two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, and Kortchmar quickly realized that Taylor's singing had a "natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time.
I knew James had that thing." There, he joined a band formed by his brother Alex called The Corsayers (later The Fabulous Corsairs), playing electric guitar; in 1964, they cut a single in Raleigh that featured James's song "Cha Cha Blues" on the B-side.
He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road, and Covers).
He achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World.