Late blues legend KOKO TAYLOR will be honoured in an all-star musical tribute at her memorial service in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday (11Jun09).
The star, known as the Queen of Blues, passed away on Wednesday (03Jun09) at a Chicago hospital - two weeks after undergoing surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding.
Born Cora Walton, the Grammy winner enjoyed a career spanning over five decades and was best known for her stellar live shows, performing around 100 gigs a year.
And Taylor, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, will be celebrated in a star-studded musical tribute led by artists Denise Williams, Otis Clay and other artists in town for this weekend's (begs13Jun09) Chicago Blues Festival.
A posting on The Chicago Blues Festival website featuring pictures of the star performing reads: "A voice that will be missed; a presence that will never be gone."
Taylor gave her last performance in Memphis, Tennessee on 7 May (09) at the Blues Music Awards.
Her funeral will be held on Friday (12Jun09).