Saturday, March 01, 2008

Let's Ramble!

Koko Taylor - Bills, Bills and More Bills

Koko Taylor's long reign as "Queen of the Blues" is now in its fifth decade, and although health problems have begun to slow down the blues legend, she still gives up the goods and thrills audiences with her signature tune, "Wang Dang Doodle" and others. Today's selection comes from the comp What It Takes (The Chess Years), and it originally came from Taylor's 1971 LP Basic Soul. "Bills, Bills and More Bills," like a great many of the blues and Chicago soul sides she waxed for Checker, was written by Willie Dixon, and its catchy, rambling groove struts along while Taylor catalogues the various financial woes that have beset her. "When you think your bills are through, Uncle Sam is right there waiting on you," Taylor warns. Ain't that the truth!

(EDITOR'S NOTE - I will be in South Carolina through Thursday, March 6. I may do some posts during the time, or I may just enjoy some R&R in this well-needed vcation; upon my return, I'll have quite a few goodies to share, including some new records and "Rhythm & Booze" news!)

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