‘Blues queen’ Koko Taylor dies

Grammy-winning singer was 80

Koko Taylor, who was known as the “Queen Of Blues,” died today (June 3) at a Chicago hospital. She was 80.

The singer, who won a Grammy Award in 1984 and appeared in the David Lynch film ‘Wild At Heart’, passed away about two weeks after she underwent surgery for a gastrointestinal bleed, reports the Associated Press.

Taylor, whose career spanned fore than 50 years, gave her last performance in Memphis, Tennessee on May 7 at the Blues Music Awards. She was widely lauded for being a successful woman in a male-dominated genre, and performed an average of 100 concerts a year.

Born Cora Walton to Tennessee sharecroppers, she earned her nickname ‘Koko’ because of her love of chocolate.

Taylor is survived by her husband Hays Harris, her daughter, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will soon be announced, said her label Alligator Records.

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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