jt#8 – James Taylor – “Your Smiling Face” – (1977)

James Taylor: king of soft rock. But not like 1980s-kinda-sappy-soft-rock. But like actually really good music. He’s a fantastic singer. It only reached #20 on the Hot 100, but peaked at #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Fun fact: James Taylor was the first non-British singer signed to Apple Records. That’s right, to get his first record contract as a solo artist, he had to audition for The Beatles. Also: this song is lovely.