James Taylor was the first artist the beatles signed to Apple.
its wiki, you have to read it somewhere else before you believe it
here's alink to Makr knopfler's website...http://www.markknopfler.com/music/discography/cd/mk_affiliatedDetails.aspx?albumid=582f39e1-8c41-4317-a57a-73a2a968ff42
He is a musician and a poet. Well, he sings poetic lyrics, even if they're Carole King's, et al.