Shouting Out Happy Birthday Wishes To Taj Mahal

May 17, 2018

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks

was born on May 17, 1942 in Harlem ~ New York

and grew up in Springfield ~ Massachusetts 

Professionally known by the stage name of Taj Mahal

American blues musician

Self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer

who plays guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica 

among many other instruments

Awards

~ Taj Mahal has received three Grammy Awards and ten nominations

~ 1997 (Grammy Award) Best Contemporary Blues Album for Señor Blues

~ 2000 (Grammy Award) Best Contemporary Blues Album for Shoutin' in Key

~ 2006 Blues Music Awards Historical Album of the Year                                           The Essential Taj Mahal

~ 2008 (Grammy Nomination) Best Contemporary Blues Album for Maestro

~ 2018 (Grammy Award) Best Contemporary Blues Album for TajMo

~ On February 8, 2006 Taj Mahal was designated the official Blues Artist

   of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

~ In March 2006, Taj Mahal, along with his sister, the late Carole Fredericks,       received the Foreign Language Advocacy Award from the Northeast                   Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in recognition of their           commitment to shine a spotlight on the vast potential of music to foster           genuine intercultural communication

~ On May 22, 2011, Taj Mahal received an honorary Doctor of Humanities               degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also made       brief remarks and performed three songs. A video of the performance can       be found online

~ In 2014, Taj Mahal received the Americana Music Association's

   Lifetime Achievement award

Albums

1968 – Taj Mahal

1968 – The Natch'l Blues1

969 – Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home

1971 – Happy Just to Be Like I Am

1972 – Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff

1972 – Sounder

1973 – Oooh So Good 'n Blues

1974 – Mo' Roots

1975 – Music Keeps Me Together

1976 – Satisfied 'n Tickled Too

1976 – Music Fuh Ya'

1977 – Brothers

1977 – Evolution

1987 – Taj

1988 – Shake Sugaree

1991 – Mule Bone

1991 – Like Never Before

1993 – Dancing the Blues

1995 – Mumtaz Mahal (with V.M. Bhatt and N. Ravikiran)

1996 – Phantom Blues

1997 – Señor Blues

1998 – Sacred Island aka Hula Blues (with The Hula Blues Band)

1999 – Kulanjan (with Toumani Diabaté)

2001 – Hanapepe Dream (with The Hula Blues Band)

2005 – Mkutano Meets the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar

2008 – Maestro

2017 - TajMo (with Keb' Mo')

Live Albums

1971 – The Real Thing

1972 – Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff

1972 – Big Sur Festival - One Hand Clapping

1979 – Live & Direct

1990 – Live at Ronnie Scott's

1996 – An Evening of Acoustic Music

2000 – Shoutin' in Key

2004 – Live Catch

Compilation Albums

1980 – Going Home

1981 – The Best of Taj Mahal, Volume 1 – Columbia Records

1992 – Taj's Blues

1993 – World Music

1998 – In Progress & In Motion: 1965-1998

1999 – Blue Light Boogie

2000 – The Best of Taj Mahal

2000 – The Best of the Private Years

2001 – Sing a Happy Song: The Warner Bros. Recordings

2003 – Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - Taj Mahal

2003 – Blues with a Feeling: The Very Best of Taj Mahal

2005 – The Essential Taj Mahal

2012 – Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal

Various Artists featuring Taj Mahal

1968 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

1968 – The Rock Machine Turns You On

1970 – Fill Your Head With Rock

1985 – Conjure – Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed

1990 – The Hot Spot – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1991 – Vol Pour Sidney- one title, other tracks by Charlie Watts, Elvin Jones, Pepsi, The Lonely Bears, Lee Konitz and others

1992 – Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder

1992 – Smilin' Island of Song by Cedella Marley Booker and Taj Maha

1993 – The Source by Ali Farka Touré (World Circuit WCD030 / Hannibal 1375)

1993 – Peace Is the World Smiling

1997 – Follow the Drinking Gourd

1997 – Shakin' a Tailfeather

1998 – Scrapple Soundtrack

1998 – Largo1999 – Hippity Hop

2001 - "Strut" - Jimmy Smith, Dot Com Blues

2002 – Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues (Rhino), contributing his version of "Outskirts of Town"

2002 – Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III lead in and first verse of the title track, with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alison Krauss, Doc Watson

2004 – Musicmakers with Taj Mahal (Music Maker 49)

2004 – Etta Baker with Taj Mahal (Music Maker 50)

2007 – Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Vanguard), contributing his version of "My Girl Josephine"2007 – Le Cœur d'un homme (Johnny Hallyday), duet on "T'Aimer si mal", written by French best-selling novelist Marc Levy

2009 – American Horizon with Los Cenzontles and David Hidalgo

2011 – Play The Blues Live From Lincoln Jazz Center with Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton, playing on "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and "Corrine, Corrina"

2013 – "Poye 2" with Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba on their album Jama Ko

2013 – "Winding Down" with Sammy Hagar, Dave Zirbel, John Cuniberti, Mona Gnader and Vic Johnson on album "Sammy Hagar & Friends"

2013 – Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War, with a version of "Down by the Riverside"

2015 – "How Can a Poor Boy?" with Van Morrison on his album Re-working the Catalogue

2017 – Music from The American Epic Sessions: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack contributing his version of "High Water Everywhere"

 

 

 

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