FARAI CHIDEYA, host:

What would the holidays be without a little more music? All week we'll end the show with some NEWS & NOTES favorite Christmas songs. We end our show today with some holiday blues--music, that is--Koko Taylor singing "Merry, Merry Christmas."

(Soundbite of "Merry, Merry Christmas")

Ms. COCO TAYLOR: (Singing) Merry, merry Christmas. Christmas everywhere. Merry, merry Christmas.

CHIDEYA: Taylor was born Cora Walton on a sharecropper's farm in Memphis, Tennessee. She got the nickname Koko for her love of chocolate. Taylor started singing gospel in the church. Later she made a career for herself singing the blues. Today her fans have dubbed her the undisputed queen of the blues.

(Soundbite of "Merry, Merry Christmas")

Ms. TAYLOR: (Singing) ...and lying here with you. Merry, merry Christmas.

CHIDEYA: That's our program for today. To listen to the show, visit npr.org. NEWS & NOTES was created by NPR News and the African American Public Radio Consortium.

I'm Farai Chideya. Ed Gordon will be back tomorrow. This is NEWS & NOTES.

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