Personalities | James Cotton | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Harmonica, vocals, b. 1935)
James Henry Cotton was born in Tunica, Mississippi and was inspired by hearing Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) on the radio. He worked with his mentor from the late 1940s until 1953, when he made his recording debut for Sun Records. He joined Muddy Waters in 1954 and played with him, on and off, until 1966. He toured Europe with Muddy Waters in 1961 and has been a frequent international traveller. He formed his own group in 1966 and continues to tour and record.
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