500 Greatest Songs of All Time
James Taylor, 'Fire and Rain'
Producer: Peter Asher
Released: Feb. '70, Warner Bros.
16 weeks; No. 3
Taylor wrote the three verses of this song in three phases following the breakup of his band the Flying Machine. The first came in a London flat while he was signed to the Apple label, the second in a New York hospital as he kicked heroin and the third during a stay in a Massachusetts psychiatric facility. "It's like three samplings of what I went through," he said.
Appears on: Sweet Baby James (Warner Bros.)