Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rest in Peace Koko

I found out two days ago that Koko Taylor, "Queen of the Blues," passed away on June 3rd. I was lucky enough to see Koko perform live back in the 1980's and there is no doubt she was a top notch performer, in the tradition of Big Mama Thorton and Big MayBelle. Koko performed her signature piece "Wang Dang Doodle" live as recently as a month ago. In this classic version of the song from 1967 she is accompanied by the legendary Little Walter on harmonica.


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  2. 'Mela said...

    Hey there, Bill.

    She was a great lady.
    I met her two times, in the late 80's in NYC,
    and here in Tokyo, at her performance in 2007.
    She was then 78 years old, and still boogyin' down.

    I join you in saying goodbye and Godspeed to the Queen of the Blues!

  3. Hi Mela,
    Thanks for your comments on Koko and for stopping by. Hope things are going well in Tokyo. Posting on Missouri jazz today,
    stay in touch,