03/11/2013 06:11 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2013

James Taylor Birthday: 'Fire And Rain' Singer Turns 65

Happy Birthday, James Taylor! The music legend -- who first hit it big with his raw 1970 song "Fire and Rain" -- turns 65 today, and in honor of his six-plus decade milestone, we're taking a look at the folk-rock hero's best moments.

Beyond his five Grammys, multiplatinum albums and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2000, Taylor is best known for the songs that contributed deeply to the cultural zeitgeist. Songs like "Fire and Rain," "Mockingbird" and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (a cover of the Motown original) all registered at the top of the U.S. Billboard Top Ten "Pop" Singles chart, and have enjoyed lasting staying power. Taylor's litany of famous friends -- he's collaborated with the greats, including Joni Mitchell, Paul and Linda McCartney, Art Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder and Carly Simon -- have permanently placed him in the history books as a musical icon.

Launch our slideshow below to see some of Taylor's best moments, and sound off in the comments section below what YOUR favorite Taylor song is.

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