Blues singer Koko Taylor was reported in fair condition yesterday (Jan. 29) at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital two days after fainting at her South Side nightclub, Koko Taylor's Celebrity. Th
Blues singer Koko Taylor was reported in fair condition yesterday (Jan. 29) at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital two days after fainting at her South Side nightclub, Koko Taylor's Celebrity. The "Queen of the Blues," fainted Sunday night during a private function at the club, according to a spokesperson for her label, Alligator Records. She was taken to the hospital early Monday.
The 66-year-old singer's blood pressure and blood sugar level had gone up after she failed to take medication for diabetes. The spokesperson said Taylor was being tested to determine whether any other medical condition contributed to her collapse. She is expected to be released later this week.
Taylor also suffers from hypertension and diverticulitis. Her nightclub was closed in November because her daughter, club manager Joyce Threatt, developed severe asthma and could no longer manage a smoky nightclub. It is still used for private functions
Taylor typically performs about 100 concerts a year. She won a best traditional blues recording Grammy in 1984 for the album "Blues Explosion," which featured her band (Emmet Maestro Sanders, Steve Freund, Bay Williams, and Willie Hays), along with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, J.B. Hutto & the New Hawks, and John Hammond.
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