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Taj Mahal (Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr.) - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 05.197 W 072° 33.301
18T E 702219 N 4662286
Quick Description: A mosaic bench pays tribute to Blues legend Taj Mahal (Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr.). It is located on on Sumner Avenue at the intersection with Ormond Street in Springfield, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2017 6:25:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMWJHC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
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Long Description:

A decorated bench features an mosaic image of Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr., who performs under the name Taj Mahal, singing and playing the guitar. His stage name TAJ MAHAL is spelled out as is the description SPRINGFIELD BLUESMAN.

The Taj Mahal bench is a public art project completed in 2002 by Cynthia Fisher who does business as Big Bang Mosaics. It was a winner of the "Butt Stop Art" competition held in Springfield, MA. The mosaic is made from vitreous glass> and the 59" by 17" bench is made from concrete.

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr. was born in New York City on May 17, 1942 and soon move to Springfield, MA. He is a self-taught singer-songwriter who plays guitar, banjo, taken traditional Blues music and created a fusion with influences from the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific Islands, including: reggae, Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, West African styles, Latin, and Hawaiian.

Taj Mahal has been nominated for a Grammy Award nine times. In 1997, he received his first Grammy for in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category for his album Señor Blues. In 2000, he received a second Grammy in the same category for his album Shoutin' in Key. In addition, in 2006, he received the Blues Music Awards for the Historical Album of the Year for the album Essential Taj Mahal. On February 8, 2006, the Massachusetts legislature named Taj Mahal the official Blues Artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Where is this bench located?: Sumner Avenue and Ormond Street, Springfield, MA

Who is this bench honoring?: Taj Mahal (Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, Jr.)

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