Times Union has compiled a Top 10 list of its region’s most renowned celebrities. Requirements are that the celebrity must have lived or currently live within a 10-mile radius of Albany, New York. James Taylor is placed at number 7, above artist Grandma Moses, actor David Hyde Pierce and NBA player Pat Riley. Above him are Andy Rooney, Rachael Ray, Mike Tyson, Kirk Douglas, Norman Rockwell and Uncle Sam.
7. James Taylor, singer-songwriter (lives in Lenox, Mass.): Has sold more than 40 million albums and is a Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Was on the cover of Time and was once married to songstress Carly Simon. If you have even a passing interest in popular music, you know James Taylor, or at least one of his songs (“Fire and Rain,” “Carolina in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Handy Man”).