James's original version came out in 1970, reaching the Top 3 in the US, and almost instantly became a modern-day standard. Johnny Rivers and R.B. Greaves had minor hits with it in the same year, which is also when Blood, Sweat & Tears released their version.
In 1971 there was a whole wave of cover versions from soul stars, and it was also when our Mandatory Reggae Version appeared - it's not the only MRV out there by any means, but it's my favourite.
We round things off with Willie Nelson, some 70s English rockers, some punks and a man called Stoner who released his version on an album called "Ain't Nothin' Freaky". He was right, but compared to the efforts of Dido, Marti Pellow and Cliff Richard his is positively unhinged.
"Fire And Rain" - James Taylor
"Fire And Rain" - Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Fire And Rain" - The Isley Brothers
"Fire And Rain" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
"Fire And Rain" - Bobby Womack
"Fire And Rain" - The Gaylads
"Fire And Rain" - Willie Nelson
"Fire And Rain" - Hookfoot
"Fire And Rain" - Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
"Fire And Rain" - Geoffrey Stoner