James Taylor says “arrogance of youth” helped him audition in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison

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“I also knew it was good somehow”

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James Taylor was said to have auditioned to join The Beatles’ label Apple Records in the late 1960s.

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The singer-songwriter said in a new interview that he believes his youth – in addition to his musical talent – helped him gain the confidence to sell himself.

Taylor recalled, “I had some sort of ability and youthful ego, without which no one would do anything, because you would bet your bets.” guitarworld To audition in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison.


“There’s a stage in our evolution where you’re allowed to do impossible things, that’s why the military looks up to people of that age. You can ask people to do such things if you’re 35 years old. , then you’ll say, ‘No, thanks, I’ll take it forward.’

James Taylor. Credits: Press.

“I also knew it was cool somehow. It worked for me, and I was a music connoisseur. I thought, ‘This stuff could go somewhere. I just want someone to hear it.’ I have felt this way many times at different points in my life,” he said.

Taylor also described how it felt to release her 1968 debut self-titled album on The Beatles’ label.

“It was just supernatural, because I was a big fan of the Beatles. And they were at the peak of their powers. They just kept going, kept growing. So, being in London, the first person to actually be signed to their label in 1968 It was like catching a big wave. It was unbelievable,” he said.


Meanwhile, Taylor is set to tour the UK next year. He released his 20th studio album ‘American Standard’ in February 2020, with the album winning Best Tradition Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys.

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