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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Breaking: "Queen of the Blues" dead at 81


Koko Taylor, known fondly as the "Queen of the Blues," is dead at age 80 from complications stemming from a surgery to correct gastrointestinal bleeding.

Few other blues artists, and no other female blues artists, can boast the critical success enjoyed by Taylor throughout her career. Most recently on May 7, just two weeks before her surgery, Taylor won her 29th Blues Music Award for the best Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year. Other accolades include: NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2004, a Grammy nomination for 2007's Old School, a Grammy victory in 1984 for her contribution to the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic. 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. She was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in named "Chicagoan Of The Year" and in 1997 by Chicago Magazine. In 1999, she received the Blues Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.

No funeral arrangements have been announced.

- Alec Wooden
currently listening to "My Baby," by Margot & The Nuclear So and So's

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