Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Another Good One Gone

As I was riding home tonight, the radio was playing Koko's "Wang Dang Doodle," and I was pleasantly surprised to hear the blues on my indie station. As I drove along, I dazed out thinking how much I liked her voice, the way it gets real loud and gritty when she hits the chorus. I realized she had to be one of my favorite female singers, behind Mavis Staples. When the song ended, the DJ said, "the late great Koko Taylor," and I was like, "huh? late? she's not dead yet!" so confused. And then he went on to say she passed away this afternoon.

How I wish I was in a Chicago club tonight, as the imitators are memorializing this great original blues singer. Rest in peace Koko!

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