Little Known Black History Fact: Koko Taylor

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  • Grammy award winning singer Koko Taylor, A.K.A. the "Queen of the Blues,” was known primarily for her rough and powerful vocals and traditional blues style. The Shelby County Tennessee native left her Memphis Roots in 1952 to move to Chicago with her husband Robert “Pops” Taylor and worked as a house cleaner.

    Taylor sat in with blues bands, and was discovered by Willie Dixon and Chess Records in Chicago, 1962. Her first and most major hit, “Wang Dang Doodle” would reach number four on the R&B charts and went platinum in 1966.

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