Personnel: James Taylor (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass harmonica); John David Souther (vocals); Gene Page (conductor); Dan Dugmore (electric guitar, pedal steel guitar); Waddy Wachtel (electric & acoustic guitars, slide guitar); Fingers Taylor (harmonica); Don Grolnick (piano, Fender Rhodes, organ, keyboards); Bill Cuomo (synthesizers); Leland Sklar (bass); Rick Marotta (drums, congas, timbales, percussion); Peter Asher (shaker, percussion, background vocals); David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, Jim Gilstrap, Benard Ighner, Jennifer Warnes (background vocals).
Recorded from September 5, 1980-January 18, 1981 at Record One, Los Angeles, California.
James Taylor helped pioneer the singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s with songs of surprising musical sophistication and lyrics that were both introspective and gently poetic. For decades to follow, Taylor continued to produce music that was personal, accessible and enjoyable. Here, he has matured into a pop craftsman of the first order. On DAD LOVES HIS WORK the arc of his talent continues to rise. The radio-friendly "Hard Times" would make Smokey Robinson proud. "Summer's Here" is jazzy, breezy and as warm as the season it celebrates. "Her Town Too," co-written with John David Souther, marked another notch high up on the pop charts for J.T.