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World Famous Musician James Cotton Has Sadly Died

Such sad news…

Blues harmonica virtuoso and onetime Muddy Waters sideman James Cotton has passed away.

According to People Magazine, the worldwide loved musician passed away on Thursday at a medical center in Austin of pneumonia aged 81 years old.

Cotton came to prominence in the Fifties when he cut two singles for the fledging label Sun Records and performed gigs with the very famous musician Muddy Waters.

In 1953, he recorded his first Sun single, “Straighten Up Baby,” which he followed up with “Cotton Crop Blues.

He later recorded a number of tracks for the Vanguard label’s Chicago/The Blues/Today! compilation series and played on Otis Spann’s 1969 album The Blues Never Die!

Cotton is survived by his wife, Jacklyn Hairston Cotton, daughters Teresa Hampton of Seattle and Marshall Ann Cotton of Peoria, Illinois, and son James Patrick Cotton of Chicago, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

May he rest in peace.

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