KOKO TAYLOR, "QUEEN OF THE BLUES," RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
Koko Taylor, 80, Grammy Award-winning "Queen of the Blues," is recovering from
surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. The surgery was performed on May 19
at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her doctors anticipate a full
recovery. Taylor is not accepting visitors or phone calls at this time.
Taylor's most recent live performance was at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis,
TN, on May 7, 2009. She performed her signature song, "Wang Dang Doodle," after
receiving the award for Traditional Blues Female Blues Artist Of The Year. This
was Taylor's 29th Blues Music Award, making her the recipient of more Blues
Music Awards than any other artist. In addition, she has received the NEA
National Heritage Fellowship Award, which is among the highest honors given to
an American artist. Her most recent CD, 2007’s Old School, was nominated for a
Grammy (eight of her nine Alligator Records albums were Grammy-nominated). She
won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues
Explosion on Atlantic Records.