Taj Mahal

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Born: 05/17/1942 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (28)

About Last Night 2014 (Movie)

("That's How Strong My Love Is") (Song Performer)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

(Baby You've Got What It Takes) (Song Performer)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

("Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now") (Song Performer)

Cruel and Unusual 2001 (Movie)

("Soul of a Man") (Song Performer)

Maze 2001 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Songcatcher 2001 (Movie)

("Pickin' That Thang (Dr Joe)) (Song)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

("Cake Walk Into Town") (Song Performer)

Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

("John the Revelator") (Song Performer)

Outside Ozona 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

("The Calypsonians" "Sacred Island") (Song Performer)

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

("Snake" "Dark Angel") (Song Performer)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

("Mr Pitiful" "Ooh Poo Pah Doo") (Song Performer)

The Glimmer Man 1996 (Movie)

("Snake") (Song Performer)

American Heroes & Legends 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Getting Even With Dad 1994 (Movie)

(Song)

Getting Even With Dad 1994 (Movie)

("Blues Ain't Nothin'") (Song Performer)

Little Big League 1994 (Movie)

("I'm Ready") (Song Performer)

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1994 (Movie)

("Ain't That a Lot of Love") (Song Performer)

The Vernon Johns Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

K-9 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Song

The Hot Spot 1990 (Movie)

music score performer (Music)

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

("Cakewalk Into Town") (Song)

Ewoks 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Brothers 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Part 2, Sounder 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Sounder 1972 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (26)

This Ain't No Mouse Music! 2014 (Movie)

Themself (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Killer Diller 2006 (Movie)

J R Cox (Actor)

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Swing Band Singer (Actor)

Songcatcher 2001 (Movie)

Dexter Speaks (Actor)

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Outside Ozona 1998 (Movie)

Dix Mayal (Actor)

Six Days, Seven Nights 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Mr Will (Actor)

Lake Wobegon Spring Weekend 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 (Movie)

Gatekeeper (Actor)

Story of a People: Expressions in Black 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The National Downhome Blues Festival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues Country 1982 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scott Joplin 1977 (Movie)

Poor Alfred (Actor)

Part 2, Sounder 1975 (Movie)

Ike Phillips (Actor)

The Boarding House 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Sounder 1972 (Movie)

Ike (Actor)

The American Epic Sessions (TV Show)

Performer

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Milestones

2014

Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award from Americana Music Association

2009

Selected for membership in Blues Hall of Fame

2006

Designated Offiical Blues Artist of Commonwealth of Massachusetts

1999

Recorded album with kori musician Toumani Diabate

1997

Won Best Contemporary Blues Album for Senor Blues

1991

Recorded music for "Mule Bone"

1988

Returned to recording after several years' absence with Hawaiian influenced Taj

1972

Wrote the film score to "Sounder"

1968

Released self-titled solo debut

1964

Joined and recorded with Rising Sons, which also featured Ry Cooder

Popular songs include "Honky Tonk Women" and "John The Revelator".

Known for such albums as "Phantom Blues"

Bonus Trivia

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He adopted his stage name at some point between 1959 and 1961 after it came to him in a dream.

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In addition to his soundtrack work for "Sounder" and "Brothers," Mahal was part of an all-star lineup for "The Hot Spot" (1990), which featured collaborations with John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis.

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Composed the theme song to the PBS series "Peep and the Big Wide World."

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The Rising Sons' album went unreleased until Columbia's Legacy imprint released it in 1993 as The Rising Sons Featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.

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Performed four songs for the "Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" in 1968.

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Received guitar lessons at the age of 13 or 14 from a neighbor who was the nephew of blues performer Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup.

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