Cookie V

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Bo Diddley with the Bo-Ettes, but not featuring Cookie V | Restored by Google | tc488

Cornelia Redmond-Chavez (Cookie V) was born in 1948 and died in late 1999 aged 50. She met Bo Diddley in Washington, became one of his background singers and toured with him for more than 25 years, including at the Woodstock pop festival. She was famed for her humourous interactions with Diddley, and for her pet monkey, which accompanied her on some tours. She ceased performing due to failing health in 1986.

Thanks to Marc for his detective work on this artiste.

Cookie V Obituary, Baltimore Sun

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4 Responses to Cookie V

  1. Paul says:

    Hello,
    Info on
    COOKIE V (Real name:Cornelia D. Redmond – Chavez) Born 1948 /Died March 7,1999
    She was one of The Bo-ettes, backing up Bo Diddley.Sang and played tambourine and maracas.
    Obit
    [http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-03-12/news/9903120209_1_bo-diddley-michael-redmond-randallstown]
    On the dotted line
    [https://tinyurl.com/yb8e6kf5]
    Regards,
    MarcD

  2. David says:

    Hi, Re your post on singer Cookie V, I have a number of corrections to make. Although she was a member of Bo Diddley’s band when your main b&w pic of the band was taken in November 1965, Cookie is not in that pic. Also, she was a member of the band for just under a decade, circa 1965 to 1974, when Bo Diddley left Chess/Checker Records. It’s possible that Bo Diddley & Cookie may have played in the town of Woodstock, NY at some time, but they didn’t play the famous August 1969 Woodstock Pop Festival. Hope this info helps.

  3. Paul says:

    Hello David. Many thanks for the further clarifications. Best wishes, Paul

  4. MarcD says:

    Cookie V with Bo Diddley’s band in Toronto ’69
    Chester “Dr. Boo” Lindsey is on bass and dirty dancing
    The drummer is a pickup musician

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