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Happy Birthday To Yonkers’ James Voight

James Wesley Voight turns 74 on Friday.
James Wesley Voight turns 74 on Friday. Photo Credit:

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Yonkers’ James Voight!

James Wesley Voight, who was born in Yonkers, turns 74 on Friday.

Voight, a songwriter, noted for writing "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing", was born March 21, 1940. He was better known by his stage name Chip Taylor.

Taylor's best-known songs are "Wild Thing," which, though originally recorded in 1965 by Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones, became famous as both a 1966 hit single for The Troggs and a 1967 live performance by Jimi Hendrix, and "Angel of the Morning," likewise originally recorded by Evie Sands in 1967, but becoming a hit for Merrilee Rush in 1968, and then a million-selling single in 1981 for country-pop singer Juice Newton.

The 2011 indie film In the Family (by Patrick Wang) references and uses Chip Taylor's music and includes an appearance by the songwriter as "Darryl Hines". In 2007, Taylor launched his own independent label, Train Wreck Records.

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