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KoKo Taylor: September 28, 1935 - June 3, 2009

The Passing of KoKo Taylor - A life in Chicago Urban Blues music

  • Born Cora Walton on Sept 28, 1935, in Memphis, TN. Died June 3, 2009.
  • Came to Chicago in 1965.
  • Had a hit record with Willie Dixon on Chess Records called "Wang Dang Doodle."
  • Bob Riedy was signed with Chess and met KoKo and Willie Dixon for the first time.
  • KoKo and Bob came together in 1970 when she became the vocalist for the Bob Riedy Chicago Blues Band.
  • When KoKo formed her own band, Bob managed her for a short while through his RMR Productions.
  • Bob discontinued management in the late 1970s and KoKo continued her career becoming more famous each year.
  • Bob saw KoKo every year at the Chicago Blues Festival where their charities each sponsored a booth.
  • Last year Bob gave the original band poster he found in the Chicago Blues Foundation archives of KoKo when she was with his band.
  • This year Bob had hoped to get her reaction to what might be the youngest picture of her professional career that he found in the archives.