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James Cotton

James Cotton

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birthday
1st
July, 1935
Death
16th
March, 2017
Birth Place
Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
Birth Sign
cancer
Biography

James Henry Cotton (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time and with his own band. He played drums early in his career but is famous for his harmonica playing.
Cotton began his professional career playing the blues harp in Howlin’ Wolf’s band in the early 1950s. He made his first recordings in Memphis for Sun Records, under the direction of Sam Phillips. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. Cotton became Waters’s bandleader and stayed with the group until 1965. In 1965 he formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet, with Otis Spann on piano, to record between gigs with the Muddy Waters band. He eventually left to form his own full-time touring group. His first full album, on Verve Records, was produced by the guitarist Mike Bloomfield and the singer and songwriter Nick Gravenites, who later were members of the band Electric Flag.
In the 1970s, Cotton played harmonica on Muddy Waters’ Grammy Award-winning 1977 album Hard Again, produced by Johnny Winter.

instruments played
drums
Harmonica
Vocals
Associated Acts

Muddy Waters Howlin' Wolf Matt Murphy Pat Hare

Birth Name

James Henry Cotton

Genres

Blues, Chicago blues, Delta blues, electric blues,jazz, Memphis blues, rock

Labels

Buddah Records Alligator Records Telarc International

Years Active

1953 2017

Name

James Cotton

Nationality

United States of America

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