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James Taylor's trophy case is getting crowded. In addition to his multiple Grammys, honorary doctorates, and whatever you get for being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, JT can add a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Taylor was among 17 people — athletes, musicians, politicians, filmmakers, and others — who received the nation's highest civilian honor from President Obama during a White House ceremony Tuesday. The 67-year-old singer, who lives in the Berkshires, had his first hit in 1970 with "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the next year with "You've Got a Friend." The other recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom were the late Yogi Berra, Bonnie Carroll, Shirley Chisholm, Emilio Estefan, Stephen Sondheim, Gloria Estefan, Billy Frank Jr., Lee Hamilton, Katherine G. Johnson, Willie Mays, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Itzhak Perlman, William Ruckelshaus, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and Minoru Yasui.


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