Shower The People (1976)

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By: James Taylor (born James Vernon Taylor March 12, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts.)

Taylor achieved his major breakthrough in 1970 with the #3 (US) single "Fire and Rain" and had his first #1 (US) hit the following year with "You've Got a Friend", a recording of Carole King's classic song.

"Shower the People" is the opening track on James Taylor's 1976 album In the Pocket. It is also featured on his 1976 Greatest Hits album, which was certified Diamond and has sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.

The backing vocals were sung by Taylor and his then-wife Carly Simon.

In past live performances, instead of live singers, Taylor would accompany himself with a reel-to-reel tape player sitting on the stage (with its own spotlight!), which would play prerecorded backing vocals. 

In Fire And Rain: The James Taylor Story, pop-music archivist Steve Bellows said: "Most people who followed [James Taylor's] career thought he was keeping it going by covering other people's songs . . . 'Shower The People' silenced his critics and confirmed once and for all that all the personal problems he had endured over the years did not diminish his songwriting skills."

Chart position: #22 (US), #1 (US Adult Contemporary).

"Shower The People"
stayed in the Top 40 for eight weeks.

It was preceded at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart by "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" (England Dan & John Ford Coley) and succeeded by "Summer" (War).

Written by: James Taylor.

Other songs written by Taylor include "Carolina On My Mind", "Fire And Rain", "Mexico", "Something In The Way She Moves" (which is NOT the same song as the Beatles' "Something") and "Sweet Baby James".

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