The Street Parade is saddened to announce the death of Blues legend Koko Taylor, June 3, 2009. Taylor was born in Tennessee on Sept. 28, 1928, and later moved to Chicago where she became known as “The Queen of the Blues.” She worked with the likes of Willie Dixon (who had discovered her, leading to her first contract with Chess Records; Taylor also covered many of Dixon’s songs), Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter. After Chess, she became one of the internationally-known figures of Alligator Records. She influenced the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Susan Tedeschi and was still performing over 70 concerts a year when she died at the age of 80. For a listening/viewing tribute, here is Koko Taylor performing the Willie Dixon classic, Wang Dang Doodle with Little Walter. Enjoy!
Koko Taylor: Sept 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009