Chicago Blues legend Koko Taylor was discovered by Willie Dixon in 1962 which led to her signing with Chess Records where she joined a roster including Etta James, Mitty Collier and Irma Thomas. Her 1965 single 'Wang Dang Doodle' was originally recorded by Howlin' Wolf five years previously but is the song for which she is most well known.
Her 1969 self-titled debut album is mostly a compilation of her Chess singles. From 1975 and for more than 30 years she recorded for Alligator Records. Her 1985 album "Queen of the Blues" won her a Grammy Award for 'Best Traditional Blues Album' that year. Performing till the end, she died after complications from surgery in 2009.
Kyla Brox was crowned 'Best Female Vocalist' in the 2019 European Blues Awards. Factory Records boss Tony Wilson dubbed her 'Manchester's answer to Aretha Franklin' and Manchester Evening News have declared she is 'The finest female blues singer of her generation'.
Kyla is often seen performing with her father, blues legend Victor Brox. At the age of 21, she had been performing live for 10 years. Her unmistakable voice has left its mark on the media: 'With a genetic pool drawn from a blues singer father and opera singer mother, it¹s little wonder Kyla has a strong gospel voice with an incredible range' (Darwin Sun, Australia).
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A celebration of Koko Taylor image © Kyla Brox