James and Carole. It's a partnership we all remember from the early 1970's as Laurel Canyon spawned numerous now iconic bands and performers in those heady Hotel Californian days.
With the news that the famous US singer songwriter James Taylor has been added to the England squad for the upcoming 2nd Test against South Africa, it looks like the famous duo will be reunited.
The legend performer has put on hold his upcoming Worldwide arena tour to concentrate on his batting in case International recognition becomes a reality.
Always a cricket fan, Taylor has been known as a fanatic insisting that portable nets and bowling machines were included in the contract riders for his concerts. After wowing his fans with renditions of Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, Taylor would often relax by donning his helmit and facing Brett Lee speed deliveries for an hour or two in a net set up in his changing room.
And who has he turned to in order to ensure he is in the best shape for the match? Non other than his mucker from way back then, singer songwriter colleague, Carole King, who has frequently been seen in baseball catcher outfits correcting Taylor's technical flaws when he nets, post gig.
But Andy Flower and his men will have to be prepared for preparations of a different kind as Taylor and King are known to inist that while fielding practice is underway, they are allowed to perform their piano and guitar rendition of 'You've Got a Friend', a song King has been known to hum to Taylor in changing rooms across the County circuit especially if his has failed to bother the scorers.
David Geffen was cagey about rumours that Arista Records are set to release a Greatest Hits album of Taylor's finest innings since 1975 to celebrate his International call-up. 'It's great news', said the grizzled music executive, 'But are there enough members at Notts and James' former county, Leicester to give us the sales we need to justify the project?', he wondered. 'We'd need James' fans on the top section of the Radcliffe Road stand to help with the promotion. Although I'm just not sure how much tweeting they actually do up there during a normal day of LVCC cricket. Could they make news of the album go viral?'.
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