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Koko Taylor, Queen of the Blues

Published: 6/3/2012

Koko Taylor died three years ago today. We’re remembering the Queen of the Blues. Originally published June 2009 on Obit-Mag.com.

Koko Taylor, the soulful Chicago singer whose bellowing, raspy voice was rooted in southern blues, died on June 3, 2009 in Chicago. She was 80.



 In this Friday, May 5, 2006 photo, Koko Taylor performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

In this Friday, May 5, 2006 photo, Koko Taylor performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

 

 

Her hits included the declarative blues classic, “I Am a Woman,” the suggestive romp, “Wang Dang Doodle,” from 1967 and the blues-rock number “Voodoo Woman.”

Her first two labels were legendary sound factories in their own right, and her voice, big, soft and gruff, moved easily through classic blues scales in an emotive and sometimes explosive way. Under Chess records, she collaborated with Howlin’ Wolf and songwriter Willie Dixon, and at Alligator records she recorded with Bruce Iglauer, who served as her manager and producer since 1974.
 

 

 

 

 

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