Thursday, June 04, 2009

Koko Taylor, R. I. P.

Koko Taylor dies at 80; singer was Chicago blues icon - Los Angeles Times: "Koko Taylor, a Chicago musical icon who became one of the most revered female blues vocalists of her time with signature hits such as 'Wang Dang Doodle,' 'I'm a Woman' and 'Hey Bartender,' died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago of complications from gastrointestinal surgery. She was 80.

Her death came less than four weeks after her last performance, at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, where she collected her record 29th Blues Music Award. She had surgery May 19 and appeared to be recovering until taking a turn Wednesday morning, and was with friends and family when she died."

Hat tip to Scott Cupp.

1 comment:

Todd Mason said...

Yuck. This hits slightly harder than even Carradine...though I saw her in performance only once, opening for Albert King.

"You can have my husband/But please don't take my man..." There's another wedding cake in the road story-starter...