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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chicago Blues queen Koko Taylor dies at 80

A friend of mine and I were once called up on stage to sing Sweet Home Chicago by Ms Taylor with Ms Taylor at a bar called Butch McQuire's on Rush Street here in Chicago 20 years ago as partying, 25 year old local musicians as we sat just inches way enjoying her show that particular evening in 1983.

A memory of a lifetime that means a lot more to me today than any previous days as good times gone by to never come again.

Sadly my good friend passed away in 2003 and late this afternoon Koko Taylor herself passed away from complications caused by gastrointestinal surgery she received at Northwestern Memorial hospital here in Chicago 2 weeks ago.

She will be greatly missed both as an Ambassador of the city of Chicago and as one true few Blues Greats on par with Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, and the man of Blues royalty himself BB King among others and will never be equaled in today's manufactured American Idol world of cheapened entertainment.

Locally she was huge and irreplaceable and leaves a gaping hole in the local history of Chicago Blues scene and again will missed and mourned greatly/ Here's a little recent interview done with her I found and here's her performing in her heydays if you've never seen her before and may she rest in peace.

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Blues queen Koko Taylor dies at 80 - MUSIC- msnbc.com: "CHICAGO - Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the Blues,” has died after complications from surgery. She was 80.

Taylor died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital about two weeks after having surgery for a gastrointestinal bleed, said Marc Lipkin, director of publicity for her record label, Alligator Records, which made the announcement.

“The passion that she brought and the fire and the growl in her voice when she sang was the truth,” blues singer and musician Ronnie Baker Brooks said Wednesday. “The music will live on, but it’s much better because of Koko. It’s a huge loss.”"


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