Koko in 1990

Tom Alesia

Koko Taylor: Blues queen set to play ‘happy music’

“I’d sing gospel on Sunday in church and blues on Monday to Saturday,” Koko Taylor says. At age 18, she moved to Chicago and hung out with blues performers in various clubs. “I kept sitting in with local bands and doing a tune here and there – for no money. That went on until (blues legend) Willie Dixon heard me sing.”

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