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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 28 September 1928Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 3 June 2009Chicago, Illinois, USA  (complications from intestinal surgery)
Birth NameCora Walton
Nicknames Queen of the Chicago Blues
Queen of the Blues
Little Cocoa

Mini Bio (1)

KoKo Taylor was born on September 28, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Cora Walton. She was married to Hay Harris and Robert 'Pops' Taylor. She died on June 3, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Spouse (2)

Hay Harris (1996 - 3 June 2009) (her death)
Robert 'Pops' Taylor (1953 - 1989) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Known for her iconic 1965 hit 'Wang Dang Doodle.'.
Holds the record for the artist with the most number of Blues Music Awards, with 29 to her name. Also has a Grammy and an NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award.
Her nickname "Koko" came from her chocolate obsession.
Was signed to a recording contract with Chess Records by Willie Dixon in 1964.
A sharecropper's daughter who was orphaned at age 11.
Although her father encouraged her to sing only gospel music, Koko and her siblings would sneak out into the cotton fields with their homemade instruments and play the blues. One brother accompanied on a guitar made out of bailing wire and nails, and another brother on a fife made out of a corncob.
When she moved to Chicago's South Side, Koko found work as a cleaning woman for a wealthy family. At night and on weekends, she and her first husband frequented Chicago's clubs, until the musicians allowed her to join them on the bandstand.
Her career stretched more than five decades, for which she was nominated for a Grammy seven times.
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997. Her recording of "Wang Dang Doodle" was inducted into the hall in 1995 in the category Classics of Blues Recording--Single.

Personal Quotes (3)

I used to listen to the radio, and when I was about 18 years old, B.B. King was a disc jockey and he had a radio program, 15 minutes a day, over in West Memphis, Arkansas and he would play the blues. I would hear different records and things by Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Sonny Boy Williamson and all these people, you know, which I just loved. [1990]
I was so glad to get out of the cotton patch and stop pickin' cotton, I wouldn't of cared who come by and said, 'I'll take you to Chicago.'
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.

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