Koko Taylor, Queen of Chicago Blues, Is Dead. Long Live the Queen.
The Blues are frequently anything but and nowhere was that more apparent to me than when I heard Koko Taylor sing. Her songs were triumphant even as they listed a litany of sorrows. My favorite was “I Cried Like A Baby When You Left Me Last Friday Night”, which details all the awful things that happened since her man left her. But honey, by the following Saturday, she has a new man and “everything’s all right.”
Female Blues singers like Koko are a rare breed: balls-to-the-wall, strong, earthy and fabulously talented. We need more female pols like them.