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Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009

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Subject: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 09:17 PM

Sorry to say that blueswoman Koko Taylor died this afternoon at age 80.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Ron Davies
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 10:38 PM

That's really a shame. She was just dynamite--a force of nature.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 10:57 PM

Thank You for the "heads-up."

MARY - what is your source?

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

on OBITS - "a source" - helps connections that might not be found - until it is much too late - or awkward to reply to the family.


    Gees, Garg, settle down and be nice, willya? People are starting to talk about you....again.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 11:05 PM

Obit from the Chicago Tribune by Greg Kot:

Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80

    Koko Taylor more than once said she hoped that when she died, it would be on stage, doing the thing she loved most: Singing the blues.

    She nearly got her wish. The Chicago musical icon died Wednesday at age 80 of complications from gastrointestinal surgery less than four weeks after her last performance, at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. There she collected her record 29th Blues Music Award, capping an era in which she became the most revered female blues vocalist of her time with signature hits "Wang Dang Doodle," "I'm a Woman" and "Hey Bartender."

    Taylor died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital 15 days after her May 19 surgery. She appeared to be recovering until taking a turn for the worst Wednesday morning, and was with friends and family when she died.

    "Koko Taylor's life and music brought joy to millions of people all around the world and Chicago is especially honored that she called our city her home for more than 50 years," Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley said. "The strength of her style was formed in the night clubs of Chicago's South Side and she carried that spirit with her wherever she went. She was an ambassador for our city and truly was the queen of a kind of music that makes people think of Chicago whenever they hear it."

    Among those with her Wednesday 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."

      Born Cora Walton in 1928 in Memphis, Tenn., Taylor literally got up off her knees to become a blues icon.

    Growing up on a sharecropper's farm outside Memphis, young Cora and her three brothers and two sisters slept on pallets in a shotgun shack with no running water or electricity. By the time she was 11, both her parents had died. She picked cotton to survive, and moved to Chicago in the early '50s to be with her future husband, Robert "Pops" Taylor, who died in 1989. She found a job working as a domestic, scrubbing floors for rich families.

    She had sung gospel music in church while living in the South, and on weekends would attend the blues clubs on Chicago's burgeoning South Side scene, the heyday of Chess Records and such stalwarts as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon. She would occasionally sit in and caught the ear of Dixon, who approached her in the early '60s about recording one of his songs, "Wang Dang Doodle."

    "I didn't know Willie Dixon from Adam's house cat," Taylor recalled in an interview with the Tribune. "But he says to me, 'I love the way you sound' and, 'We got plenty of men out here singing the blues, but the world needs a woman like you with your voice to sing the blues.' "

    Taylor's 1965 hit recording of "Wang Dang Doodle" launched her career, and established her sound: a gruff, no-nonsense roar that was the female equivalent of Howlin' Wolf's baritone growl. By becoming a band leader and a powerful voice in a male-dominated scene, she broke down barriers for many female entertainers who followed.

    "Some of the lady singers who were working little local clubs, or maybe just attempting to sing in choirs and churches, they got into the blues scene because of Koko," said Bob Koester, founder of Delmark Records. "Zora Young, Big Time Sarah, Shirley Johnson - they were inspired to try to come out and sing blues because of Koko's success. Without Koko, that might not have happened."

    But when Chess folded in the early '70s, Taylor was back where she started, scrapping for a living.

    "It was a devastating time for my mom," Taylor's daughter, Joyce "Cookie" Threatt, once told the Tribune. "Then she met Bruce [Iglauer]. It was like God put him there."

    Iglauer had never worked with a female vocalist before on his fledgling label, which was dominated by guitar-playing men. But he was impressed by Taylor's moxie and her sound.

    "She was of the same generation as Muddy and Wolf, she had those [Mississippi] Delta roots," he said Wednesday. "Even though she had been living in Chicago since the '50s, her music was still deeply rooted in the South. She had that rhythmic sense, that sense of where you lay the words and how the band locks in around the singer, that intensity of people who have lived that life."

    Taylor was already a distinctive artist when she came to Alligator, and with Iglauer's help began exploring a more vulnerable side to her persona on select ballads such as her epochal version of the Etta James hit "I'd Rather Go Blind." Even when recording other people's material, the singer put her idiosyncratic touch on it, usually singing it a cappella in the studio, with the musicians following her.

    Taylor never adopted the blues lifestyle of hard drinking and philandering that consumed some of her peers. She was a devout woman, but at the same deeply appreciative of how the blues communicated honestly and directly about everyday life.

    As her daughter once told the Tribune: "She grew up singing in [the Baptist] church in Memphis, and people come into church to get washed. They don't come in there already clean."

    At the same time, she was not one to mince words. She could be devastatingly direct with anyone who crossed her.

    "She was meticulous about her music, so if her band screwed up, they would hear about it," Iglauer said. "She would not bite her tongue."

    For her, the blues was life. She bounced off her death bed in 2004 to write and record another album, the aptly titled "Old School," released in 2007 on Alligator. It would prove to be her final recording, though Iglauer said that in recent months Taylor was calling him and singing new songs over the phone.

    "She was scheduled to go to Spain next week," he said. "She was still performing. At the Blues Awards in Memphis a few weeks ago, she was absolutely glowing. She would be exhausted standing by the edge of the stage, but when the lights went up, she would hop up and dance as soon as the music started. She would always say, 'If I can brighten one person's day with my music, that's what I live for.' "

    Survivors include her husband, Hays Harris; daughter Joyce Threatt; son-in-law Lee Threatt; grandchildren Lee Jr. and Wendy; and three great-grandchildren.

    Funeral arrangements are pending.

       The Tribune's Howard Reich contributed to this report.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 11:45 PM

Laf Kat -

When giving a "SOURCE" such as your "Chicago Tribune"

You SHOULD ALWAYS :
Give the AUTHOR'S NAME (aka reporter)
Give the DATE of Publication
Give the PUBLICATION'S NAME
Give the ARTICLE TITLE
Give the SECTION
Give the PAGE

It is awkward to chastise anyone on the Mudcat with your background and experience...and your particular historical focus on "copyright" and "intellectual" property rights.

Within an academic dialogue...(at least in the USA ... and the Brits have made ME cognizant of the incredible freedom we expereince here in nation out-side the confines of a socialist monarchy)...

List your references

Give credit ... where credit is known.

Do NOT be lazy!!!!

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 11:46 PM

Follow the link, greg. I always link to my sources. And the author's name is right there: Chicago Tribune by Greg Kot


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 11:57 PM

Sorry that I did not give a source when I posted the original notice here - frankly, I am at a loss to know what is the "right" thing to do. When I get information from someone who is well-known in our world, it always seems to me like name-dropping or "showing off" - as if I was saying, "see how hip *I* am, I got a personal call from so-and-so." So if I get a call like that, and it is from someone I know and trust, I have been remiss about giving the source - but that is the only reason. And at the time I posted, because I got the news within less than an hour of her passing, there WERE no published obituaries to cite, quote, credit, or link to yet.
I do assure you all that I would never post anything as serious as an obituary to the list unless I was absolutely sure it was genuine.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: MAG
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 12:06 AM

Bon Voyage, Koko. What a dyno performer.

I remember seeing her wearing this white thing with fringe, and that fringe did not stop moving the whole time she was on stage.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Janie
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 12:10 AM

another icon gone.

She often played at Blues Festivals and venues here in North Carolina.

Rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Melissa
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 02:30 AM

I find this chastisement (or whatever it is) HIGHLY inappropriate in an obit thread. If you feel a burning need to continue with your pouncing, why not take it to pm?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 05:52 AM

Hey Gargoyle

I have no idea what your problem is but this is hardly the place to act like a moron and insult people who are acting in good faith bringing news to a wider public.

Thanks for news Mary Kate sad as it is.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Fortunato
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 07:43 AM

Mary Katherine,

Thanks for setting up this thread and letting us know. In my understanding of the Mudcat, you have no oblgation to do more than you did. In fact, it is the contributions of many that make up the rich texture of the information here. I choose to give attention to the posts that are informative and inclusive.

Your first post was perfectly appropriate. Allow me to add this:

Koko Taylor's Jivin' Jambalaya recipe,
1 cup long grain white rice
1 cup wild rice
1lb medium size shrimp
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup celery
1/2 cup onion
1/3 cup red bell pepper
1/3 cup green bell pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons tabasco or other hot sauce
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
THEN Cook rices and set aside
Cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes in boiling water, peep and devein, set aside
Cook chicken for 5 minutes, dice meet and set aside
Melt butter of large skillet over medRedium heat
Add celery, onion and bell peppers until tender, 10 minutes
add broth, salt, pepper, shrimp and bring to boil, stir in rice.
Reduce heat and simmer until broth is absorbed about twenty minutes
Stir in Tabaso sauce, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Serves eight.

All the best
chance


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Wesley S
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 09:37 AM

Chance - What - no references, author or page number??? For shame...

NPR had a nice tribute this morning. And according to them she ruled her band. Her drummer had better follow the beat she was laying down with her right foot or else! It was her way or the highway. She never wanted anyone to say that she was pretty good - for a woman...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 10:10 AM

Got a chance to see her at the Chicago Blues Festival in the 90's.
What a performance!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Acme
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 11:10 AM

There was a very good piece about her this morning on NPR's Morning Edition. Follow this link for the story and several clips.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: fat B****rd
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 12:36 PM

Great version of 'Wang Dang Doodle" RIP Miss Taylor.


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Subject: Obit: Blues Queen Koko Taylor
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 04:12 PM

Blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80
Koko Taylor Dies at 80
Combined threads. -Mod


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues Queen Koko Taylor
From: olddude
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 04:13 PM

Los Angeles - Blues queen Koko Taylor has died at the age of 80 after complications from surgery, her record label announced Thursday.

Taylor died Wednesday at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago two weeks after undergoing an operation aimed at stopping gastrointestinal bleeding, said a statement from her record company Alligator Records.

Though not widely known to mainstream music fans, Taylor had a five-decade stint at the top of the blues music scene thanks to her powerful voice and relentless energy, which saw her nominated seven times for a Grammy, winning once in 1984.

Her most acclaimed work included songs like Wang Dang Doodle, What Kind of Man is This and I Got What It Takes.

Born to a sharecropper family near Memphis, Tennessee in 1928, she was orphaned at age 11 and rose to prominence in the early 1960s after moving to Chicago. During the course of her career, Taylor released 18 albums. Her last performance was in May at the Blues Music Awards.



http://www.monstersandcritics.com/music/news/article_1481630.php/Blues_queen_Koko_Taylor_dies_at_80#ixzz0HaokKzMv&D


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Amos
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 04:33 PM

Man, what an awesome voice. THere are three cuts on the NPR link from Stilly above which will take your danged ole ears right off. Whooof!!!


She sure left her mark in the sand. Th eimage of her sleeping in her shotgun shack in her childhood years just makes it more vivid.


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 11:11 PM

ALLIGATOR RECORDS PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 5, 2009
CONTACT: Marc Lipkin
email: publicity@allig.com
773-973-7736 x235
773-973-2088 (fax)
www.alligator.com

KOKO TAYLOR VISITATION / FUNERAL SERVICE INFORMATION

Visitation and funeral services for Koko Taylor, who passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, will be held at Rainbow Push Coalition National Headquarters in Chicago. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 11 from 4:00pm until 9:00pm. Funeral services will be on Friday, June 12 with visitation beginning at 4:00pm and funeral services beginning at 6:00pm.

Information is as follows:

Wake/Visitation (Lie in State)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
4:00pm-9:00pm
Rainbow Push Coalition National Headquarters
930 East 50th Street (at Drexel)
Chicago, IL 60615
773.373.3366

Funeral Services
Friday, June 12, 2009
6:00 pm (4:00pm-6:00pm/Visitation)
Rainbow Push Coalition National Headquarters
930 East 50th Street (at Drexel)
Chicago, IL 60615
773.373.3366 phone

Map and directions can be found here:
http://tiny.cc/Mr6Hs


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: GUEST,CupOfTea, no cookies
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 12:38 PM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Blues queen Koko Taylor RIP June 3 2009
From: Bobert
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 05:24 PM

Sniff...


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