Happy 75th Birthday today to blues stalwart Taj Mahal who was born on 5/17/42. In the early 60’s he formed The Rising Sons with Ry Cooder, one of the first interracial bands of the period. Mahal has worked with Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of The Band, and Muddy Waters. Most recently Taj collaborated with Keb’ Mo‘ on a new collaborative LP. Watch Taj perform “Cakewalk into Town” live in 1973 courtesy of TV Land.