Taj Mahal

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About Taj Mahal

Self-taught Grammy Award-winning blues musician and songwriter who mastered the guitar, banjo, piano, and harmonica, to name a few.

Early life

He began working on a Massachusetts dairy farm when he was 16.

Trivia

He was born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, but began using Taj Mahal in the late fifties/early sixties, after he had dreams about social tolerance, Gandhi, and India.

Family of Taj Mahal

He was born into a musical family where his father was a piano player and a West Indian jazz arranger and his mother sang in the local gospel choir.

Close associates of Taj Mahal

He worked with many prominent musicians, including recording with Eric Clapton and Etta James.

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Etta James

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About Etta James

Late blues singer who released the hits “At Last” and “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and won multiple awards, like Best Traditional Blues Album.

Early life

Her single “Dance with Me, Henry” helped launched her career, as the track made the Hot Rhythm & Blues Tracks chart.

Trivia

She received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for “At Last.” She released her first album in 1960 and her last in 2011.

Family of Etta James

She married Artis Mills in 1969 and they had two children together. She died of leukemia in January 2012.

Close associates of Etta James

She was discovered in the 1950s by Johnny Otis.

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Charlie Thomas

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About Charlie Thomas

American rhythm and blues singer known for his work with The Drifters, a doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group.

Early life

The Drifters had their first hit with the 1953 single “Money Honey.”

Trivia

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Drifters in 1988.

Family of Charlie Thomas

He was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Close associates of Charlie Thomas

He performed alongside Clyde McPhatter in The Drifters.

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