Koko Taylor´s Queen of Chicago Blues
Blues is my life. It’s a true feeling that comes from the heart, not something that just comes out of my mouth. Blues is what I love, and blues is what I always do.
– Koko Taylor –
Queen of The Blues
We got to thank Chicago mayor, Richard M. Daley, for making March 3rd Koko Taylor Day, because that this Chicago Blues Legend, Wang-Dang Doodle-singer and Queen of the Blues got the credits she deserves. Koko was born Cora Walton as a member to a sharecroppers family in Memphis Tennessee. She got her nickname according some myths because of her affection for Chocolate. A new blues blog for Koko Taylor the Queen of the blues.
Memphis Blues to Chicago Blues
Koko started playing Music together with her brother who made a guitar out of a hay baling wire. But because of the radio in Memphis she really connected with the Blues. In that period Rufus Thomas and BB King were Deejays playin’ blues in Memphis and Arkansas and turned that blues records around. Koko moved to Chicago in 1953 together with her husband Robert “Pops” Taylor, a cotton trucker. In an interview with James Path in 1994 she describes in a beautiful way the Chicago Blues era.
Chicago Juke Joints
Koko Started to play music in some Juke Joints on the West and Southside of
Chicago. She met J.B.Lenoir and sang with him, she met Magic Sam and jammed with him. When she met Hound Dog Taylor she recorded some songs with him. Later on she met Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, who she called a great guy. It resulted in a lot of fantastic recordings on Chess Records.
Jamming Koko Taylor Blues
Koko and Willy Dixon met in 1963, she already had a record label, but Dixon convinced her to record Wang Dang Doodle. That song is still her biggest hit. “Doodle” got a lot of airplay on the black radio stations in the sixties. Together with Jimmy Reed she started playing in the south . Koko played a lot of tunes in Dixon’s basement, it was the real Wang Dang Doodle. Willie Dixon was a talented musician an songwriter, but he was maybe above all a fantastic peoples manager. He brought everyone together. And that maybe the power of the blues.