THE “L “LATE SHOW” WE GET A GUES
WHO TELLS SUCH GREAT STHARS WE CAN’T FIT IT ALL IN ONE SHOW. JAMES TAYLOR WAS HERE EARLIER
THIS WEEK, AND WE WEREN’T ABLE TO AIR ALL OF IT. SO WE HAVE A SPECIAL TREAT FOR
YOU TONIGHT, MORE SWEET BABY JAMES! WHEN WHEN DID YOUR FIRST ALBUM
COME OUT?>>THAT CAME OUT IN THIS COUNTRY
IN ’69, IN ENGLAND, IN LATE ’68.>>Stephen: WHEN WAS “SWEET
BABY JAMES?” WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE BREAKING
ON THE SCENE AT THAT TIME?>>TO BE IN LONDON IN 1968 AND
TO BE SIGNED TO AND RECORDING WITH THE BEATLES, SEEING THEM
EVERY DAY IN THE STUDIO –>>Stephen: THIS IS THE PART
THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW IS THAT YOU WERE THE FIRST NON-ENGLISH
ACT, OR NON-BRITISH ACT–>>NON-BEATLES.>>Stephen: FIRST
NON-BEATLES–>>FIRST ACT —
>>Stephen: OTHER THAN THE BEATLES SIGNED TO APPLE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: HOW DID THAT COME
ABOUT?>>YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST GOOD
LUCK. BUT, OF COURSE, IT FOLLOWED A
NUMBER OF YEARS OF BAD LUCK. SO, BUT–
( LAUGHTER ).
>>Stephen: I GUESS THAT’S HOW
THAT WORKS.>>YEAH. I WAS INTRODUCED TO PETER ASHER,
WHO, OF COURSE, HAD BEEN PART OF THE BRITISH INVASION OF —
>>Stephen: PETER AND GORDON.>>PETER AND GORDON, YEAH. PETER REALLY, HE’S THE ONE WHO
GAVE ME MY BIG BREAK.>>Stephen: AND WHAT WAS HE AT
APPLE?>>HE HAD JUST SIGNED ON AS HEAD
OF A& R, WHICH IS TERRIBLY A TALENT SCOUT. AND, YEAH, HE WAS LOOKING FOR
PEOPLE TO SIGN. IT COULDN’T HAVE BEEN BETTER–
BETTER TIMED. AND I WENT OVER TO VISIT PETER,
AND I PLAYED HIM MY LITTLE DEMO. IT WAS ON A REEL-TO-REEL TAPE,
YOU KNOW. AND HE LIKED IT, AND I– HE GAVE
ME A GUITAR, AND I PLAYED A FEW OTHER THINGS. AND ULTIMATELY, HE SAID, “YEAH,
THAT SOUNDS GOOD. LET’S GO TO APPLE AND SEE IF WE
CAN INTEREST A BEATLE IN IT.” SO… THAT’S WHAT WE DID. WE WENT OVER THERE. AND THE WAY PETER RECALLS IT,
I– I HAVE VERY LITTLE MEMORY OF THE DAY, BECAUSE I’M– I’M
NERVOUS NOW, BUT AT THAT POINT, I WAS, LIKE VIBRATING AT ABOUT
440HERTZ.>>Stephen: AN “A.”>>YAN “A.” I WAS REALLY– I WAS REALLY
NERVOUS. AND I BARELY REMEMBER IT. I FELT AS THOUGH I WAS
UNDERWATER FOR THE ENTIRE DAY.>>Stephen: SO WHO WAS THERE
WHEN YOU GET THERE? WERE THERE ANY BEATLES
AVAILABLE? DID.>>THERE WERE.>>Stephen: DID YOU GET ONE
OUT OF THEIR CRATE.>>THAT’S RIGHT. THEY BUSTED A SEAL ON A CAN OF
BEATLES. PAUL McCARTNEY AND GEORGE
HARRISON WERE THERE. AND THE WAY PETER REMEMBERS IT
IS THAT HE JUST– WE WENT INTO A ROOM AT– IN BAKER, BAKER
STREET, WHICH IS WHERE THE APPLE OFFICES WERE AT THAT POINT. AND HE JUST– PETER LEANED OUT
OF THE DOOR INTO THE HALLWAY AND SAID, “IS THERE A BEATLE IN THE
HOUSE?”( LAUGHTER )
AND– AND, IT– IT TURNED OUT THERE WERE TWO BEATLES?( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: SURE, THAT’S
ENOUGH.>>BUT PETER SAID, “LISTEN, I’VE
GOT THIS GUY HERE. I’D LIKE TO SIGN HIM TO THE
LABEL, BUT– SO LET’S TAKE A LISTEN.” AND I PLAYED “SOMETHING IN THE
WAY SHE MOVES,” TO GEORGE AND PAUL. AND I– I DON’T ACTUALLY
REMEMBER THE– THE– ANYTHING ABOUT IT.( LAUGHTER )
I MEAN –>>Stephen: DOES PAUL REMEMBER
THE MOMENT?>>YEAH, PAUL DOES REMEMBER
TVAGUELY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS —
>>Stephen: THEY HAD A LOT GOING ON.>>YEAH, THEY HAD A LOT GOING
ON, THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: THEY WERE
RECORDING THE “THE WHITE ALBUM AT THE TIME.” DID YOU REALLY RECORD YOUR FIRST
ALBUM WITH THEM– WAS THAT “SWEET BABY JAMES” OR “JAMES
TAYLOR.”>>”JAMES TAYLOR.”>>Stephen: DID YOU DO THAT
WHILE THEY WERE RECORDING THE WHITE ALBUM AT THE TIME.>>YES. THEY USED TO RECORD AT ABBY
ROAD, BUT ABBY ROAD DIDN’T HAVE AN 8-TRACK MACHINE, AND THERE
WAS ONLY ONE 8-TRACK MACHINE IN BRITAIN AT THE TIME. AND THAT WAS AT A STUDIO CALLED
TRIDENT, WHICH WAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE. SO THE BEATLES JUST BOOKED IT
SOLID FOR A COUPLE MONTHS, AND WE TOOK THE TIME THEY WEREN’T
USING.>>Stephen: DID YOU WATCH THE
RECORD OF “THE WHITE ALBUM?”>>YES.>>Stephen: HAVE YOU EVER
COVERED ANY OF THE SONGS FROM THE WHITE ALBUM. YOU WOULD KILL ROCKY RACCOON.>>I HEARD THE FIRST PLAYBACK OF
ROCKY RACCOON AT THE END OF THAT SESSION DAY. IT WAS GREAT.>>Stephen: DID THEY ASK YOUR
OPINION OF ANY OF THEIR MUSIC “WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT,
JAMES?”>>NO.>>Stephen: DID YOU HEAR
ANYTHING AND G, I DON’T GET ‘REVOLUTION NUMBER NINE’.”>>Stephen: I– I DIDN’T
REALLY GET “REVOLUTION NUMBER NINE, EITHER.”>>Stephen: BACKWARDS IT MAKES
ALL THE SENSE IN THE WORLD. YES.>>Stephen: HEY, LET ME ASK
YOU A QUESTION. DID YOU REALLY WRITE “CLOSE YOUR
EYES” FOR JONI MITCHELL WHILE SHE WAS ASLEEP IN THE BACK SEAT
OF A CAR THAT YOU WERE DRIVING ON THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY?>>NO.( LAUGHTER )
BUT– BUT –>>Stephen: NO, NO, NO!>>IT’S CLOSE.>>Stephen: MAYBE THAT’S THE
END OF THE STORY. NO, GO AHEAD. IT’S CLOSE.>>IT’S CLOSE. JOANNIE– I WAS MAKING A MOVIE. THE ONLY MOVIE OF MY LIFE CALLED
“TWO LANE BLACKTOP.”>>
>>Stephen: SURE.>>AND JONI WAS TRAVELING WITH
ME AT THE TIME JUST FOR COMPANY, AND SHE WAS KNITTING ME A
SWEATER, A BLACK-TOP SWEATER. ONE OF THE ARMS WAS THIS LONG
AND THE OTHER WAS HERE. BUT IT WAS REALLY– IT WAS A
BEAUTIFUL THING. AND I WISH I KNEW WHERE IT WAS. BUT I–
( LAUGHTER )
BUT SO JONI WAS TRAVELING WITH
ME. WE WERE STAYING IN A HOTEL,
MOTEL, OUTSIDE OF SANTA FE, AND SHE WAS ASLEEP IN THE– IN THED
ABOUT, AND I WAS SITTING ON THE SIDE PLAYING THE GUITAR. AND I WROTE THAT SONG, YEAH.>>Stephen: AND– AND– AND
YOU– YOU PLAYED IT FOR HER WHEN SHE WOKE UP?>>YEAH, AND SHE– YOU KNOW,
SHE– SHE SEEMED TO LIKE IT.( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: IT’S AN OKAY SONG. IT’S AN OKAY SONG.>>IT’S NICE.>>Stephen: IF YOU EVER WANT
TO WRITE ME A SONG…( LAUGHTER )
YOU’VE GOT A NEW ALBUM COMING OUT. IT’S CALLED “AMERICAN STANDARD.” YOU’LL BE BACK HERE NEXT MONTH
TO DO SOME SONGS.( APPLAUSE )
FROM THAT. WHAT MAKES THE CUT FOR JAMES
TAYLOR AS AN AMERICAN STANDARD?>>MOSTLY SHOW TUNES. THE GREAT ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
SHOWS– “OKLAHOMA,” “PACIFIC” “KISS ME KATE” BY COLE PORTER
“PORGY AND BESS.” ALL THOSE GREAT SHOWS OF THE
40s AND 50s. AND ACTUALLY, MY MOM USED TO
TAKE US UP TO EXPOSE US TO CULTURE IN NEW YORK A LITTLE
BIT. AND WE’D GET ON THE TRAIN AND
COME UP IN LITTLE GROUPS OF TWO OR THREE. AND SHE’D– SHE’D TAKE US TO A
MUSEUM OR TO A BROADWAY PLAY, YOU KNOW. SO, BUT– HOW DID WE GET THERE? OH, YEAH. SO THE FAMILY RECORD COLLECTION
WAS A LOT OF THESE SONGS, AND I LEARNED TO PLAY THEM ON THE
GUITAR. AND THOSE SONGS THAT I’VE HAD
ARRANGEMENTS OF ON THE GUITAR FOR LO THESE MANY YEARS, THOSE
ARE THE ONES THAT WENT INTO THIS ALBUM. IT’S BASICALLY A GUITAR– WORK
ON GUITAR. THERE’S NO PIANO. THERE’S NO STRINGS. IT’S BASICALLY TWO GUITARS, AND
VOCALS.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: JAMES’ NEW ALBUM “AMERICAN STANDARD” IS AVAILABLE
ON FEBRUARY 28.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Ugh… For two episodes now I've had to make the conscious decision to remain completely uninterested in James Taylor and what he might have to say, and lose another chunk of potentially entertaining LSSC time… Why can't it ALL be "Meanwhile"?

    WE DON'T CARE WHAT THE RICH OLD RE-HYDRADATED UN-DRUG-ADDICTED WHITE FOLK-SINGERS THINK… ABOUT ANYTHING!

  2. I wonder if Taylor's agent called The Late Show on Tuesday and demanded to know why they didn't mention the new album.

  3. It’s interesting to discover how George, presumably, was so inspired by James’ song “Something in the Way…” so as to use the sentiment and lyric for “Something.”

  4. It sucks that Stephen couldn't remember that Sweet Baby James didn't come out until 1971 only three minutes after James explained it to him. 0:35 + 3:58.

  5. He and Jim Croce can make me cry and yet I'll keep listening. Saw James in Denver years ago against a backdrop of a lightening storm rolling in from the front range. It was great.

  6. I remember this interview with JT: he saw a picture of Carly on her first album and said, “Hey, that’s a fine looking woman.” Someone replied, “That’s your girl.” He said, “What?” “It’s Carly.” He said, “Oh, so it is.” None of that detracts from his special music.

  7. @2:25: Stephen knows the frequency of a concert A.

    He was made for this job, and we as the audience are stupendously lucky to have him.

  8. James is so LAID BACK! But have to say his performance in Two Lane Blacktop was stunning! An odd movie yes, but lured me in. And the ending where James is accelerating into literal nothingness – cripes that is one of the most memorable scenes in movies to this day!

  9. So that’s where George got the line “something in the way she moves”
    The Beach Boys drummer also starred with him in “Two Lane Blacktop”

  10. And then there are some of us who have been sick, poor and miserable for our entire lives. Sorry, I can only be so happy for the the fortunate. Thanks for your wonderful music James, I hope you genuinely appreciate your long, glorious and wealthy life in which everyone loves you. Have a nice day.

  11. Losing his dad at 10 years old I feel like Stephen looks at James as a father figure, and gives him true respect something he doesn't always do with guests.

  12. I don't like how americans interview older artist, is like they need instant reactions from the public assisting those shows, these artist are been interviewed in Europe and Latin America by specialist in fine arts, there you can see the artists explaining their stories on their own time

  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MIk8XqO3J0 "Carolina In My Mind" recorded @ Apple with Beatles in the background! LOVE IT!

  14. No applause for the movie "Two Lane Blacktop"??? What a square audience.
    Though James Taylor fans are the total opposite demographic for such a cool picture.

  15. Thanks for the extra segment – great interview! I wish we could hear more from our golden age musicians – oh the stories they tell. Glad he's still playing because I'm still listening!

  16. Great interview! I love Stephen and James together. JT is one of my all time favorite artists. Was lucky enough to meet him once.

  17. I spent years with my dad where we just put on James Taylor squibnocket and watched/listened to it beginning to end over and over and over. Truly an amazing artist.

  18. I do remember something in the way she moves….. knocking around the zoo……..think first time i saw him in the u.k. he brought a friend (as he introduced her) ,a singer song writer called carol king.i can remember thinking she was a good singer and played the piano well…..went back stage lately to seek out the man with the hope of picking up some of that love and peace he exuded…..those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end……….

  19. James has forsaken his Tarheel roots: he's now introduced as 'Boston's own, James Taylor'. No, Chapel Hill was his breakthrough but go ahead James, follow the money. I know it has to make you nauseous to sing 'Fire and Rain' for the 100,000th time, just don't forget who got you where you are..

  20. Anything James Taylor wrote is a American standard…I count myself lucky to have been in 9th grade in 69 and my grandparents gave me his first album on my birthday..his music became part of the soundtrack to my and most of americas life

  21. Yes, the only positive thing that happened last week was catching this incredible artist share this incredible interview on Stephen Colbert’s talk show! Please have him come back for more!

  22. I have recently discovered American standards, especially Cole Porter, so I will be getting this album! Love James, "Fire and Rain" is my funeral song.

  23. Yet again, Mr. Colbert doesn't miss an opportunity to try and impress (this time with the track listing on the Beatles album). The depths of his urge to impress must be supported by a huge amount of either narcissism or insecurity. It's very weird – I thought the focus was supposed to be on the interviewee

  24. ✨Thank you soooo much for this bonus material/conversation with James Taylor ~ he’s a terrific man & musician✨
    (wish we could have heard him perform…)

  25. James is not being truthful here, he was the first non British act signed to Apple, the first act of all was Badfinger (then The Iveys)

  26. Please get Bloomberg to spend some of those millions on preventing hacking of our elections by Russian hackers .in 2016 they changed the vote totals in the swing States .this must not be allowed to happen again .spend more election security then political ads and we will elect you Pres .

  27. Since Moscow Mitch is preventing any attempt to keep Russia from hacking vote totals again we the people must hire our own computer experts to bebug all the computer voting systems .mayor Bloomberg please fund mass computer fraud prevention campaign .sell us election security if you want to be Pres .

  28. Go fund me account for all the whistle blowers and testifiers . Give to these real Patriots trumputin is trying to punish for revealing his criminal acts .

  29. When James Taylor mentions the British Invasion, that's something most people really don't know about.
    When the British spy agency got technology that let you change the speed of recordings without changing pitch,
    they gave one to the Beatles, same as giving tech to Pink Floyd. When the C.I.A. asked Magnavox to make
    the first twelve-track recorders, they gave one to Jimi Hendrix at Electric Ladyland.
    In my mind I'm going to be on stage again… can't I just feel the spotlight…

    when I was in bands with friends of mine… everything was fine,
    'cause I'm going to be on stage again sometime.

  30. Even tho I was still a twinkle in my dad’s eye…I had an awesome cousin who was (into the,”beatle-juice!) lol- he was a huge fan I was soaked in Beatle-music during the 70’s when I would visit. 👍thanks Eric! So, this is the coolest bits of info that I learned that..changed my life& many others also!

  31. My young punk rock ass made fun of him constantly but I did and still do respect him really. Lotta stuff like that. Steely Dan, Joni, stuff overflowing with vision, invention and talent but the natural inclination was to give it a hard time. Never mind that In time you'd be singing Steely,or Joni, or James songs word for word and marveling at the chords and melodies.

  32. Great interview with JT Learn things I never knew about him how cool is it that he was the first artist signed by Apple records very cool!!!!

  33. Oprah Winfrey did a 41-minute “master class” documentary on James Taylor a few years ago, and it was mesmerizing. He spoke of his family, his struggles with drugs, and his music, and the story of his signing with the Beatles gets a bit more depth than in this interview. You can find it on James Taylor's own site, or go directly there: https://youtu.be/k11bfUgPjiw

  34. Sweet Baby James was 1970, James, Mud Slide Slim and The Blue Horizon was 1971…then One Man Dog, nothing in '73, Walking Man in 1974, Gorilla 75, In the Pocket 76, JT 77, nothing in 78, then Flag in '79, then Wonderful World with Simon and Garfunkel 1980…..Dad Loves his Work '81….gap 'til 1985-That's why I'm here, 1988 Never Die Young, 1991 New Moon Shine, 1993 the LIVE CD set….Gaia 1997, October road, 2002, One Man Band CD 2006-07……then the 2015 album

  35. What a fabulous guy, and a true artist.
    James Taylor is one of the best guitarists and song writers of our age.
    Thanks for a great interview.

  36. There are so many guys who try to play and sound like him but they end sounding like Sexual Chocolate. He makes it sound and look easy.

  37. Two of the greatest voices of all time from that era – James Taylor and Karen Carpenter. Both are like being wrapped in warm silk.

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