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Blues Great Koko Taylor Has Died


by Jerome Weeks 4 Jun 2009

Born Cora Walton, Taylor was 80, and her death was caused by complications from gastrointestinal surgery. Four weeks ago, Taylor collected her record 29th Blues Music Award in Memphis — capping a career that saw her become a female icon of the blues with such hits as “Wang Dang Doodle” and “I’m a Woman.” The […]

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koko_taylor_lgBorn Cora Walton, Taylor was 80, and her death was caused by complications from gastrointestinal surgery. Four weeks ago, Taylor collected her record 29th Blues Music Award in Memphis capping a career that saw her become a female icon of the blues with such hits as “Wang Dang Doodle” and “I’m a Woman.”

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Among those with her Wednesday [at Northwestern Memorial Hospital] was Bruce Iglauer, owner of Chicago-based Alligator Records, who was her producer, manager and friend since 1974.

He recalled that Taylor had a similar surgery in 2004 and was on a ventilator for nearly a month. “The doctors were very discouraged then about her coming back, and she willed herself back to life,” Iglauer said. “We were hoping she would do the same this time.”

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