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James Cotton


Within the realm of Chicago Blues, there were few harp-blowers more impassioned and soulful than James Cotton. His career began in Memphis where he recorded a few singles for Sam Phillips in the early ‘50s. When Muddy Waters and his band came to town, James Cotton ended up taking the place of Little Walter. Cotton began recording his own records in the late ‘60s. A notoriously animated live performer, he continues to perform although throat difficulties have caused his voice to sound like Tom Waits coughing up gravel. – Jon Pruett

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6 Comments for 'James Cotton'

    Janie J
    September 21, 2009 | 5:56 pm

    Who were the members of the James Cotton Blues Band?
    I heard that a drummer was named Sam Lay. Is he still alive and what is he doing?

    Steves Gal
    September 21, 2009 | 10:58 pm

    The members are: Slam Allen, guitar, vocals; Tom Holland, guitar, vocals; Noel Neal, bass; Kenny Neal, Jr., drums; and, of course, Superharp, James Cotton. …
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    Melting Media
    September 21, 2009 | 11:00 pm

    He’s had so many musicians he’s nurtured over the years: Matt "Guitar" Murphy, guitarist Michael Coleman, keyboard wizard Eddie Harsch, that it’s hard to pin down one band.

    Sam Lay is a legendary Chicago blues drummer and was in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. I didn’t check on his whereabouts.

    Usually, you can find answers at http://www.allmusic.com
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    September 21, 2009 | 11:02 pm

    My wife is named after james cotton…
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    September 21, 2009 | 11:04 pm

    Steves Gal has the correct lineup of the current James Cotton Blues Band. I saw them 3 weeks ago in Florida. Both James Cotton and Sam Lay played with Muddy Waters and with Howlin’ Wolf. Here’s some info on Sam Lay today: http://www.chamberblues.com/ssb_bio_sam.html
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    martin couch
    September 21, 2009 | 11:06 pm

    Yes, Sam Lay was in James’ band. He alos played with Howlin’ Wolf, The Butterfield Blues Band, Siegal-Schwall, Little Walter, and many others. He also backed Dylan went he "went electric" at Newport in ’65.

    He is still alive and has his own band.
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