Monday, September 28, 2009


A eterna Rainha do Chicago Blues, Koko Taylor, nasceu no 28 de Setembro de 1928, como Cora Walton, no Condado de Shelby no Tennessee. Koko ganhou o apelido por causa de sua paixão pelo chocolate.

Nascida Cora Walton, em Memphis, Tennessee, Koko ganhou o apelido por sua paixão pelo chocolate.

Em 1952, Koko viajou a Chicago (Illinois) com seu futuro marido, Robert “Pops” Taylor, e passou a ganhar a vida cantando em clubes noturnos de blues. Em 1963, conheceu o compositor Willie Dixon, que a levou à gravadora Chess Records, onde Koko lançou, dois anos depois, “Wang Dang Doodle“, com venda de um milhão de cópias

Koko faleceu aos 80 anos em Chicago, em Junho de 2009, devido à complicações de uma cirurgia.

Koko Taylor sings "Wang Dang Doodle"
The american blues musician Koko Taylor, was born on September 28,1928, popularly known as the "Queen of the Chicago Blues." She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.

Born Cora Walton in Shelby County,Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper. She left Memphis for Chicago,Illinois in 1952 with her husband, truck driver Robert "Pops" Taylor.

In the late 1950s she began singing in Chicago Blues clubs. She was spotted by Willie Dixon in 1962, and this led to wider performances and her first recording contract. In 1965, Taylor was signed by Chess Records where she recorded "Wang Dang Doodle," a song written by Dixon and recorded by Howlin' Wolf five years earlier. The song became a hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies.

Taylor recorded several versions of "Wang Dang Doodle" over the years, including a live version at the 1967 American Folk Blues Festival with harmonica player Little Walter and guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. Taylor subsequently recorded more material, both original and covers, but never repeated that initial chart success.
National touring in the late 1960s and early 1970s improved her fan base, and she became accessible to a wider record-buying public when she signed with Alligator Records in 1975. She recorded nine albums for Alligator, 8 of which were Grammy-nominated), and come to dominate the female blues singer ranks, winning twenty five W.C. Handy Awards (more than any other artist).

After her recovery from a near-fatal car crash in 1989, the 1990s found Taylor in films such as Blues B rothers 2000 and Wild at Heart, and she opened a blues club on Division Street in Chicago in 1994, but it closed in 1999.
Taylor influenced musicians such as Bonnie Raitt,Shemekia Copeland, Janis Joplin,Shannon Curfman and Susan Tedeschi. In the years prior to her death, she performed over 70 concerts a year and resided just south of Chicago in Country Club Hills,Illinois.
In 2008, the Internal Revenue Service said that Taylor owed $400,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. Her tax problems concerned 1998, 2000 and 2001; for those years combined, her adjusted gross income was $949,000.
Taylor died on June 3, 2009, after complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding on May 19, 2009. Her final performance was at the Blues Music Awards, on May 7, 2009.

Koko passed away on June,2009.
Reference - Wikipédia
Tradução - Humberto Amorim

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