Pretty good symbol of James Taylor’s sophisticated bucolic appeal:
- A bridge over Morgan Creek immortalized in one of James Taylor’s songs soon will bear a plaque naming it for the singer.
On April 24, the bridge built in 1987 on U.S. 15-501 South, a mile from Taylor’s boyhood home, will named the “James Taylor Bridge.” Taylor will attend a public ceremony at the Dean Smith Center hosted by the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Chapel Hill Museum.
Four days later, the museum will unveil a major permanent exhibit on Taylor’s life. His early years were spent in Chapel Hill, where his family moved in the early 1950s and where his late father, Isaac, was dean of the medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
….Morgan Creek, down a steep slope from the former 11-room Taylor home on Morgan Creek Road, was mostly wooded and overgrown when Taylor was a boy. It crawled with snakes and lizards and poison ivy, with few houses in sight atop the slopes above.
The five Taylor siblings and neighborhood friends spent time on the creek, fishing for catfish, building treehouses, and stringing up jungle hammocks. [AP]
In these tributes they always leave off the part about him being a heroin addict, but that was a long time ago and this is rock ‘n’ roll, right?