|SINGER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 5 Jun 1952, Springfield, Massachussets - DIED 7 Mar 2001, Dakar|
REAL NAME Fredericks, Carole Denise
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (Division 23)
Carole Fredericks was a sister of the blues musicologist Taj Mahal (b.1942). She was raised in Springfield, Massachussets. She lived in Oakland, California, before she joined her brother in San Francisco and sang background vocals for him.
In 1979 she went to France to pursue a singing career there. She happened to meet the owner of La Belle Helene at the airport when she arrived and three weeks later she was contracted by Carla Music. She learned French and performed with many French artists in their concerts. In 1985 she toured in Scnadinavia with Mireille Mathieu.
Especially successful was het collaboration with Jean-Jacques Goldman and Michael Jones dujring the early 1990s. In 1996 she started a solo career and "Springfield" was released in that year. In 1999 "Couleurs et Parfums" was released.
Two days after her 49th birthday she suffered a heart attack in Dakar and she died. She was buried in Montmartre Cemetery in Paris.