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Koko Taylor

Happy 90th Birthday to the Queen of the Blues

Daniel Hautzinger

Koko Taylor would have turned 90 today. The son of poor Tennessee sharecroppers, she eventually came to Chicago and cleaned North Shore homes before signing with Chess Records and becoming the Queen of the Blues in a male-dominated genre.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performing Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre in 2015. Photo: Kevin Mazur

How a Chicago Genre of Music Inspired One of The Biggest Bands in the World

Daniel Hautzinger

Without the Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Willie Dixon, promulgated through Chess Records, the Rolling Stones might not exist. 
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