Here at Beato’s Blog we just can’t help but root for some people. One of them is the legendary James Taylor. In fact, pretty much anything associated with J.T. is pretty impressive. You might remember that we recently did a sit down with the great Luis Conte, J.T.’s percussionist. (You can view that interview here: http://beatosblog.com/chatting-with-percutionist-extraordinaire-luis-conte/).
Well, now we have to talk about J.T. himself and congratulate the hard working icon on his latest album. You see, after a 45-year wait, J.T. has earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Before This World. Released on June 16 (Concord Records), the album hits No. 1 for the chart dated July 4. This comes more than 45 years after J.T. first arrived on the list with Sweet Baby James (1970) (Warner Bros.). (The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on consumption, sales, tracking equivalent albums, and, streaming equivalent albums).
What is really amazing about J.T.’s accomplishment are some facts about other artists on the list. For example, with this placing J.T. passes rock legends Black Sabbath for the second-longest wait for a No. 1. Sabbath did not place No. 1 until 2013’s 13, which was Sabbath’s 19th studio album. (Sabbath debuted on the list in 1970 and in fact, Tony Bennett’s 54-year wait for his first No. 1 remains the longest (from Tony (1957) to the No. 1 launch of Duets II in 2011)).
Interestingly, J.T. also achieves his first No. 1 after racking up a staggering 11 prior top 10-charting albums. Only Neil Diamond has accounted for more top 10s before his first No. 1. (Diamond did it with 14 prior to 2008’s Home Before Dark. On the flipside, Rush and Ray Conniff have each put out 12 top 10 albums without topping the list. They are tied for the most top 10s without a No. 1). It’s also worth noting that some other big names have fared very well throughout their careers without ever having a No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That list includes Sting, The Who (both with 10 top 10s), 311, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Kiss and Sheryl Crow (all with 9 each).
Congrats J.T. You have steadfastly performed through the Fire & Rain and you have always shown yourself to be an incredibly Handy Man. Indeed, how Sweet you are.
KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI