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Was Taj Mahal a Monkees fan?

Happy Birthday to Bluesman extraordinaire Taj Mahal! Henry St. Clair Fredericks was born on today's date in 1942..so I guess that would make him 69 years old. I've had the opportunity to see him many times..probably the best performance was at Summerfest in the late '90s, when the Potawatomi Stage was still a big old tent. One of the first Taj Mahal songs I remember hearing was "Take A Giant Step," which was on a Taj Mahal album that came out in 1969. Admittedly, I don't think I heard it until somewhere in the 1980s when I was exposed to radio a bit more adventurous than they had in Stevens Point. I liked the slow blues deliver on that song, and it took me quite a few listens before I realized that it was same song the Monkees included on their debut album, and album I listened to over and over and over again as a child. It's a song that was written by Jerry Goffin and Carole King, and the two versions are very different. I thought you might appreciate a chance to listen to both versions back to back.

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05/17/2011 9:07AM
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