Koko Taylor, 1928-2009


Chicago icon and “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor died Wednesday of surgery complications. She was 80. If it’s a one-line tribute you need, Robert Christgau’s declaration in these pages (last entry) back in 2002 will do the trick: Of her career-making hit “Wang Dang Doodle,” he wrote, “play her version, not Wolf’s, at my damn funeral, ’cause maybe it’ll wake me up.” Same for hers.

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