Shower the People
|"Shower the People"|
|Single by James Taylor|
|from the album In the Pocket|
|B-side||"I Can Dream of You"|
|Genre||Soft rock, folk rock, pop rock|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
|Producer(s)||Russ Titelman & Lenny Waronker|
|James Taylor singles chronology|
"Shower the People" is the opening track on James Taylor's 1976 album In the Pocket. The song, written by Taylor, features Carly Simon on backing vocals. When he is on tour, either he sings the coda part or Arnold Mcculler, who is one of the backup singers, sings the coda part.
"Shower the People" reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. that fall, remaining in the Top 40 for eight weeks. It also topped the Easy Listening chart for one week, Taylor's third song to do so, following 1971's "You've Got a Friend" and 1975's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)".
In Canada, the song fell short of the Pop Top 40, however, it did reach number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Its B-side, a cover of Taylor's brother Livingston Taylor's song "I Can Dream of You", is a non-album track. When James Taylor is on tour, as he sings this song, he is backed by multiple instrumentalists and his vocal singers. Arnold Mcculler sings the coda part but there have been times where James Taylor sings the coda part.
- James Taylor – lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitars
- Carly Simon – harmony vocals
- Lee Sklar – bass guitar
- Russ Kunkel – drums, percussion
- Victor Feldman – orchestral bells, vibes
- Clarence McDonald – Fender Rhodes, hornorgan
- Nick DeCaro – hornorgan, voiceorgan
- American Brazilian Jazz Artist Kevyn Lettau covered her version of her 1993 album, "Another Seasons".
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1976-09-11. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
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