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The Taj Mahal


The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India, is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian Islamic architecture. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ordered it built as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building’s white marble exterior is inlaid with semiprecious stones arranged in Arabic inscriptions, floral designs, and arabesques, and its gardens reflect the Islamic Paradise. When was the monument’s construction begun? More… Discuss

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Taj Mahal – January 16,1971 – Fillmore East – Late Show (Blues)



Taj Mahal
Fillmore East,NYC Jan.16,1971 Late Show

1-I’m So Tired (?)
2-Banjo Instrumental
3-Good Morning Miss Brown
4-Ain’t Gwine To Whistle Dixie Any Mo’
5-Sweet Mama Janisse
6-Going Up To The Country And Paint My Mailbox Blue
7-Farther On Down The Road You Will Accompany Me
8-You Ain’t No Street Walker Mama Honey But I Do Love The Way You Strut Your Stuff
9-Diving Duck Blues
10-Corinna

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Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal in 2005
Background information
Birth name Henry Saint Clair Fredericks
Also known as Taj Mahal
Born May 17, 1942 (age 71)
HarlemNew YorkUnited States
Genres BluesWorld musicrhythm and bluesblues rocksoul blues,jazz bluescountry bluesdelta blueselectric bluesreggae,reggae fusion
Occupations Musician
Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Banjo
Harmonica
Piano
Ukulele
Years active 1964–present
Labels Ruf, Columbia Records
Warner Bros. Records
Gramavision
Hannibal Records
Private MusicRCA Victor
Associated acts The Rising Sons
The Phantom Blues Band
The Hula Blues Band
The Taj Mahal Trio
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Ry Cooder
Website tajblues.com
Notable instruments
National Steel[1]
Dobro[1]

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an AmericanGrammy Award-winning blues musician. He often incorporates elements of world music into his works. A self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitarpianobanjo and harmonica (among many other instruments),[2] Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music over the course of his almost 50-year career by fusing it with nontraditional forms, including sounds from the CaribbeanAfrica and theSouth Pacific.[3]

Born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr. on May 17, 1942 in Harlem, New York, Mahal grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. Raised in a musical environment, his mother was the member of a local gospel choir and his father was a West Indian jazz arranger and piano player. His family owned a shortwave radio which received music broadcasts from around the world, exposing him at an early age to world music.[4] Early in childhood he recognized the stark differences between the popular music of his day and the music that was played in his home. He also became interested in jazz, enjoying the works of musicians such as Charles MingusThelonious Monk and Milt Jackson.[5] His parents came of age during the Harlem Renaissance, instilling in their son a sense of pride in his West Indian and African ancestry through their stories.[6]

Taj Mahal at the Museumsquartier in Vienna (Jazz-Fest Wien) in 2007

Because his father was a musician, his house was frequently the host of other musicians from the CaribbeanAfrica, and the United States. His father, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks Sr., was called “The Genius” by Ella Fitzgerald before starting his family.[7] Early on, Henry Jr. developed an interest in African music, which he studied assiduously as a young man. His parents also encouraged him to pursue music, starting him out withclassical piano lessons. He also studied the clarinettrombone andharmonica.[8] When Mahal was eleven his father was killed in an accident at his own construction company, crushed by a tractor when it flipped over. This was an extremely traumatic experience for the boy.[7]

Mahal’s mother later remarried. His stepfather owned a guitar which Taj began using at age 13 or 14, receiving his first lessons from a new neighbor from North Carolina of his own age that played acoustic blues guitar.[8] His name was Lynwood Perry, the nephew of the famous bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. In high school Mahal sang in a doo-wop group.[7]

For some time Mahal thought of pursuing farming over music. He had developed a passion for farming that nearly rivaled his love of music—coming to work on a farm first at age 16. It was a dairy farm in Palmer, Massachusetts, not far from Springfield. By age nineteen he had become farmforeman, getting up a bit after 4:00 a.m. and running the place. “I milked anywhere between thirty-five and seventy cows a day. I clipped udders. I grew corn. I grew Tennessee redtop clover. Alfalfa.”[9] Mahal believes in growing one’s own food, saying, “You have a whole generation of kids who think everything comes out of a box and a can, and they don’t know you can grow most of your food.” Because of his personal support of the family farm, Mahal regularly performs at Farm Aid concerts.[9]

Taj Mahal, his stage name, came to him in dreams about GandhiIndia, and social tolerance. He started using it in 1959[10] or 1961[7]—around the same time he began attending the University of Massachusetts. Despite having attended a vocational agriculture school, becoming a member of the National FFA Organization, and majoring in animal husbandry and minoring in veterinary science and agronomy, Mahal decided to take the route of music instead of farming. In college he led arhythm and blues band called Taj Mahal & The Elektras and, before heading for the West Coast, he was also part of a duo with Jessie Lee Kincaid.[7]

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Taj Mahal + James Cotton – Honky Tonk Women And The Rolling Stones tooooo!



44 years after their first performance at Hyde Park, Rolling Stones are back in London this summer. To recollect that historic gig of 1969 you can watch Stones performing “Honky Tonk Women

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