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Singer Taylor honored by friends, family

CHICAGO, June 13 (UPI) -- Friends and loved ones of Koko Taylor spoke at the late blues singer's funeral in Chicago regarding her numerous life accomplishments.

Blues icon Koko Taylor dead at 80

CHICAGO , June 3 (UPI) -- Famed blues singer and band leader Koko Taylor died Wednesday at a Chicago hospital, her record label said. She was 80.
Freeman, Streisand receive Kennedy honors

Freeman, Streisand receive Kennedy honors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The careers of Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were celebrated Sunday in Washington, D.C.

Blues guitarist Son Seals dies at age 62

CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Blues guitarist Frank Seals, known as Son Seals, died in Chicago Monday of complications from diabetes at the age of 62.

NEA awards National Heritage Fellowships

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the recipients of its 2004 National Heritage Fellowships that honor folk and traditional arts.

Koko Taylor recovering from surgery

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- "Queen of the Blues" Koko Taylor, 75, is recovering in Chicago from surgery to correct gastrointestinal bleeding.

Koko Taylor's Christmas bear blues

CHICAGO, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Blues queen Koko Taylor will appear on the PBS Television children's series "Arthur" on Friday Dec. 26 in an episode called "Big Horns George."
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NARAS chapter honoring musical heroes

CHICAGO, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc. will honor four local music icons with its 2003 Chicago Heroes Awards.

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Lisa Marie Presley, riding high on her debut album and about to launch her first tour, is featured in a no-holds-barred Playboy interview.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Madonna, a music industry beacon for the past 20 years, is pointing the way toward a new cooperation between retail and online marketers.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

British blues and roots rock legend Tony DeMeur, of the Fabulous Poodles and Ronnie and the Rex, is hitting New Orleans during The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which takes place between April 23 and May 4.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The fans known as Fish-heads were out in force on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise because the Radiators were one of the featured acts on the "Bluesin' On the High Seas" program.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The year 2003 has been declared the Year of the Blues by an act of Congress in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of W.C. Handy's first published blues.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Mark David Chapman, Ike Turner and Rev. Marvin Gaye are the top evildoers in rock history, according to the October issue of Blender magazine.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

Bruce Springsteen celebrated the release of "The Rising" with a mini-concert at Asbury Park's Convention Hall Tuesday in front of 2,500 fans.
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Koko Taylor sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) 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. In a May 2003 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, she was quoted as saying, "My life is like a train ride in fields of blue."

Born Cora Walton in Shelby County, Tennessee, Taylor was the daughter of a sharecropper. She left Memphis for Chicago, Illinois in 1952 with her husband, truck driver Robert "Pops" Taylor. 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, for which her single "Wang Dang Doodle" (written by Dixon, and a hit for Howlin' Wolf five years earlier), featuring guitarist Little Walter, became a major hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies. Taylor recorded many versions of this Dixon-penned song over the past few decades and has added more material, both original and covers, but never repeated that initial chart success.

National touring in the late 1960s and early 1970s improved her fan base, and she became accessible to a wider record-buying public when she signed with Alligator Records in 1975. She recorded nine albums for Alligator, 8 of which were Grammy-nominated), and come to dominate the female blues singer ranks, winning twenty five W. C. Handy Awards (more than any other artist). After her recovery from a near-fatal car crash in 1989, the 1990s found Taylor in films such as Blues Brothers 2000, and she opened a blues club on Division Street in Chicago in 1994, but it closed in 1999.

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