Taylor and Gertrude Taylor. Alex Taylor had two sons, Edward and James. The elder son, Edward was adopted, and lives in North Carolina; his second son James, who resides on Martha's Vineyard, is the namesake of Alex's brother James, and inspired his uncle's 1970 hit "Sweet Baby James." Alex Taylor traveled around Florida gigging and recording his finest work at a little studio in Tampa called Progressive Music. Taylor suffered a heart attack on March 7, 1993, in Sanford, Florida, while recording a third album at King Snake Records Studio.
He died on March 12, 1993 (James' birthday), aged 46. He was survived by his wife Brent B. Taylor, then age 46, of West Tisbury, his two sons, and granddaughters Caroline, Anna Kate, Paige, and Claudia. According to the official Rolling Stone biography of James Taylor, Alex Taylor's death has been attributed to alcoholism. Livingston Taylor has said in an interview that Taylor suddenly stopped breathing while sleeping in a Kingsnake Records studio and that this occurred shortly after Taylor downed almost an entire bottle of vodka ("what was for him...
not an exceptional amount of booze"). James Taylor wrote his song "Enough To Be On Your Way" with Alex's funeral in mind then changed some of the details to commemorate a fictional "Alice". Livingston Taylor called him "generous to the very fiber of his soul" and "the greatest older brother ever." Livingston also said that Alex supported and protected him during his troubled childhood. 2) Alex Taylor is a British journalist and radio presenter who works in France. From September 2010 he has been a co-presenter with Émilie Munera of the morning show on France Musique. 3) Alex Taylor - UK based singer/songwriter, one of the shining lights of the acoustic scene. His incredible debut album features Jim Barr (Portishead) Leo Taylor (Matthew Herbert / Hot Chip / The Invisible) on Drums Tom Herbert (Polar Bear / The Invisible) on Bass and Dan Moore (Phantom Limb) on Piano, Hammond and Rhodes. The youngest son of jazz legends John Taylor and Norma Winstone, Alex Taylor is truly a troubadour of world-class standing, and already compared to the likes of Damien Rice, Muse and Jeff Buckley.
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