Wednesday, June 3, 2009

RIP Koko Taylor

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It is a sad sad day. Blues legend Koko Taylor passed away earlier today from complications from surgery to fix a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80 years old.

Taylor was the reigning Queen of the Blues, and leaves some HUGE shoes to fill. Her breakout hit was "Wang Dang Doodle" when she first signed to Chess Records in 1965. She held her own in the male dominated Chicago blues scene, with her signature growl and emotional singing style. After she moved to Alligator Records, almost all of her albums were nominated for Grammy's, and you'd be hard pressed to find a current blues artist who doesn't cite Taylor as a major influence. Koko you will be missed....
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