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AMD Bar and Grill Tribute Show - A Memorial to the Incomparable Koko Taylor

posted 6/4/2009 9:05:20 PM |
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At the suggestion of WoW, our DJ extraordinaire, the Bar is Open to give tribute to a legend, an icon, an extraordinary talent, a classy lady, Ms. Koko Taylor.

We'll spin some tunes, share stories, and WoW will educate you newbies on the core of the Blues.

Me? I'll be consoling all the grief stricken ladies over there in that dark corner... ....Now if we can find a bartender, we're there...any volunteers?

Hit it Bruce!

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Jun 4 @ 9:22PM  
Good evening, sad evening. One of the biggest problems for lovers of the blues is how this unique American genre watches the passing of its masters.
This site chronicles the life and music of this fabulous queen of the blues.

Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Koko Taylor.
This a wake for a woman who loved to live
With B B King and the woman speaks her mind...F bombs included!
Blues from the soul


Jun 4 @ 9:33PM  
Koko Taylor was one of the most aclaimed blues performers of her time. From her website:

"Over the course of her 40-plus-year career, Taylor received every award the blues world has to offer. On March 3, 1993, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley honored Taylor with a “Legend Of The Year” Award and declared “Koko Taylor Day” throughout Chicago. In 1997, she was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame. A year later, Chicago Magazine named her “Chicagoan Of The Year” and, in 1999, Taylor received the Blues Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009 Taylor performed in Washington, D.C. at The Kennedy Center Honors honoring Morgan Freeman."

Jun 4 @ 9:38PM  
From her obit,
"On May 7, 2009, the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the “Queen of the Blues,” won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than any other artist. In 2004 she 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 albums were Grammy-nominated). She won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic."

Jun 4 @ 9:42PM  
Here are three studio recordings covering the spectrum of her recording career.

Jun 4 @ 9:58PM  
Three more from the studio spanning her career.

Jun 4 @ 10:39PM  
Here are some recent live recordings showing the lady still had it going on. The videos is terrible but the audio is acceptable. There just is not too much high quality HQ stuff out there.

Jun 4 @ 10:54PM  
Some of us were privileged to hear her live. All of us will enjoy her music through recordings forever. Either way we were blessed. Our tribute to Koko Taylor is complete. If you wish to stay and listen to her wonderful music, please stay and enjoy.

RIP Koko.

Jun 4 @ 11:04PM  
Well, were are going to conclude the evening three live tracks, then two studios, the last of which is her signature song. Thank you Ms. Taylor for your life and your music, the pleasure is all ours.


Jun 5 @ 9:11AM  
Holy Cow! I missed the party! I knew I shoulda checked in last night! Great Music! I'm going to listen to the interview (?) with BB King today! Thanks guys, At least I can listen to the sounds if not take part in the party.

Jun 5 @ 11:36AM  
I sleep through the best parties! Sigh.. well I can go through the list now and party by myself I reckon.

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AMD Bar and Grill Tribute Show - A Memorial to the Incomparable Koko Taylor