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The incomparable “Queen of the Blues”, Koko Taylor, has passed today due to complications from a recent surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed, according to her website. Any lover of the blues, such as myself, is most definitely suffering a serious case of the blues upon hearing this terribly sad news. If you do not have Koko in your musical library, do yourself a favor and include some, if not all, of her recordings. This is a voice, and woman, who cannot be replaced and will most definitely be missed. RIP Koko Taylor 1928-2009. Read the rest of this entry »