James Taylor Recalls Recording For The Beatles‘ Apple Records

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of James Taylor signing with the Beatles‘ then-new Apple Records. Taylor was introduced to the band through Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon fame. Paul McCartney was famously linked to dating Peter’s sister, Jane Asher, throughout the 1960’s and Peter went on to serve as Apple Records head of A&R before becoming a massively successful record producer in the 1970’s.

Asher discovered Taylor and produced his 1968 self-titled debut for the label, which featured contributions from McCartney and George Harrison. To James Taylor the period seemed liked a dream come true: [“I was signed by the Beatles in 1968 to their Apple Record label. I was a huge Beatles fans, they had a massive impact on me and what I thought I’d like to write.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . like to write)

  • We asked James Taylor what of the many Beatles songs he saw recorded was most exciting for him: [“‘Hey Jude’ — we were upstairs in the Trident (Studios) control booth. But the recording of ‘Revolution’ was done at Abbey Road (Studios), it was — there had been one made at Trident, and then they cut it again at Abbey Road. I think that was the fast version. John Lennon had this green plastic helmet on — like a kid’s helmet, y’know, like a toy kid’s helmet? It looked so strange, y’know? It was a remarkable period of time.”] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . period of time)
  • We asked Peter Asher if the rumors were true that in 1969 he got James Taylor out of his original contract with the Beatles’ Apple Records by threatening the band’s then-manager, Allen Klein with an independent audit if they were forced to remain on the slowly sinking label: [“That was certainly something that was hinted at and discussed, but, largely, it was like, no one quite knew what was going on and who was in charge, and a sense of chaos had started to echo over at Apple. So, it was kind of easy (to say) ‘When no one’s looking, let’s just slip out of here.’ I know that’s not a convincing legal argument — but that was the feeling of it, y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . of it y’know)

 

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    May 8 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
    May 9 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
    May 11 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
    May 12 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
    May 21 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
    May 22 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
    May 27 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
    May 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
    May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
    June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
    June 3 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
    June 5 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
    June 22 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
    June 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
    June 28 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
    June 30 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
    July 1 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center