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Koko Taylor: Old School Style Still Plenty Instructive

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Koko Taylor: Old School Style Still Plenty Instructive

Koko Taylor: Old School Style Still Plenty Instructive

Koko Taylor: Old School Style Still Plenty Instructive

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Koko Taylor long ago earned her title of "Queen of the Blues." In the mid-sixties, she came to Chicago from a sharecropper farm in Tennessee. There, she was discovered by the celebrated songwriter and performer Willie Dixon, who provided her with her crossover hit, "Wang Dang Doodle".

In 1975, after her record company went out of business, she signed with Alligator Records — and critic Milo Miles says Old School, her new album on that label, embodies Alligator's straightforward, hard-rocking blues style.