Grammy Award-winning blues legend KOKO TAYLOR, died on June 3, 2009 in her hometown of Chicago, IL, as a result of complications following her May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. On May 7, 2009, the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the “Queen of the Blues,” won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than any other artist. In 2004 she received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award, which is among the highest honors given to an American artist. Her most recent CD, 2007’s Old School, was nominated for a Grammy (eight of her nine Alligator albums were Grammy-nominated). She won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic.
Over the course of her 40-plus-year career, Taylor received every award the blues world has to offer. On March 3, 1993, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley honored Taylor with a “Legend Of The Year” Award and declared “Koko Taylor Day” throughout Chicago. In 1997, she was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame. A year later, Chicago Magazine named her “Chicagoan Of The Year” and, in 1999, Taylor received the Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009 Taylor performed in Washington, D.C. at The Kennedy Center Honors honoring Morgan Freeman.
Koko Taylor was one of very few women who found success in the male-dominated blues world. She took her music from the tiny clubs of Chicago’s South Side to concert halls and major festivals all over the world. She shared stages with every major blues star, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy as well as rock icons Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
KOKO TAYLOR - Deluxe Edition (2002)
01. I'm A Woman
02. Beer Bottle Boogie
03. Born Under A Bad Sign (with Buddy Guy)
04. Mother Nature (with Carey Bell)
05. Hey Bartender (with Pinetop Perkins)
06. I'd Rather Go Blind
07. Man Size Job
08. Let The Good Times Roll (Live)
09. Voodoo Woman (with Mighty Joe Young)
10. Wang Dang Doodle
11. Stop Watching Your Enemies
12. Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night
13. Come To Mama
14. Time Will Tell
15. Blues Hotel (with B.B.King)
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