Taj Mahal


I laid a divorcée in New York City
Well, I had to put up some kind of fight
Well, that lady, then she covered me with roses
Well, she blew my nose and then she blew my mind

Taj Mahal, 'Honky Tonk Women'

Taj Mahal is the stage name for Grammy Award-winning blues musician Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, born May 17, 1942 in New York City. Mahal is credited with the preservation of the traditional blues style, often fusing this with elements of world music. A self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments), 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 Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific.