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Happy Birthday to the Queen! September 28, 2010

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 7:33 am


TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some music, especially an old favorite or something totally new!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KOKO TAYLOR who would have been 82 years old. I saw her singing when they still had to help her out on to the stage. What an amazing lady.

Koko Taylor sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009)[1] was an American blues musician, popularly known as the “Queen of the Blues.” She was known primarily for her rough, powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.

Born Cora Walton in Shelby County, Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper.[2] She left Memphis for Chicago, Illinois in 1952 with her husband, truck driver Robert “Pops” Taylor.[1] In the late 1950s she began singing in Chicago blues clubs. She was spotted by Willie Dixon in 1962, and this led to wider performances and her first recording contract. In 1965, Taylor was signed by Chess Records where she recorded “Wang Dang Doodle,” a song written by Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf five years earlier. The song became a hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies.[1] Taylor recorded several versions of “Wang Dang Doodle” over the years, including a live version at the 1967 American Folk Blues Festival with harmonica player Little Walter and guitarist Hound Dog Taylor. Taylor subsequently recorded more material, both original and covers, but never repeated that initial chart success.

I also need to wish the other amazing lady in my life Laurie Buchanan a HAPPY 53rd birthday too! She has 53% off at her store in Crystal Lake today only! Happy birthday girlfriend!


Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



6 Responses to “Happy Birthday to the Queen!”

  1. jeffstroud Says:

    Wow! That was fun moment… Never heard of Koko or Wang Dang Doodle before.

    OH and who is that other lady Laurie somebody who’s Birthday it is too! Happy Birthday!!!

    • Morning! Yep Koko was a blues legend. Especially here around Chicago. I got to see her and BB King at the same time. Great show.

      Yes miss Laurie may be 53, but she’s as healthy and spunky as 23!

      Have a great day Jeff

  2. Oh my gosh, Beth – we have been CRAZY BUSY with the birthday sale at HolEssence today and I just read your blog post, now. Imagine my surprise when I saw my own face smiling back at me! THANK YOU so much the lovely birthday wishes. I appreciate YOU!

  3. Mark Twain Says:

    Have a wonderful birthday Laurie! You are a queen in your own right. At least that’s what Len told me. Just kidding. You are a queen and you seem to enjoy your kingdom!

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