Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Blues Legend KoKo Taylor Dies; Paul McCartney Citi Field Shows Confirmed

There's some very sad news concerning one musical living legend, and happy news about another one.

KoKo Taylor dies at 80. The bad news is that the singer long called the "Queen of the Blues," KoKo Taylor, passed away at age 80 Wednesday afternoon. She died from complications of surgery she underwent on May 19th to correct gastrointestinal bleeding, sources have reported.

The Memphis native moved to Chicago in the early 1950s. Her final live performance was earlier in May in Memphis at the Blues Music Awards, where she was honored as Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Among her signature tunes was “Wang Dang Doodle,” above. She recorded for Alligator Records.

You can find out more about Koko Taylor's life and career and read an obituary at the official KoKo Taylor Web site.

And the folks at public radio's All Songs Considered take a look back at KoKo Taylor, and provide some more songs of hers to listen to.

Paul McCartney to give first concerts at Citi Field. With the Beatles, McCartney performed in the first concert at the New York Mets' original home, Shea Stadium, so it's fitting that McCartney will give the inaugural concerts at the team's new ballpark, Citi Field, on July 17th and 18th.

Tickets for the McCartney Citi Field shows go on sale June 15 at 10 a.m. through or 817-507-TIXX.

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