The Johnny Winter Story

James Cotton

James Cotton

James Cotton

 

James Cotton Biography

Born in 1935 in Tunica, Miss., Cotton began his musical career at the age of 9 when he left home with his 15-cent harmonica to learn under the wing of his harp-playing idol Sonny Boy Williamson.

Cotton stayed with Williamson, leading the nomadic life of a Delta bluesman, until he was 15, when he went out on his own, eventually playing for four years with Howlin' Wolf and then 12 years with Muddy Waters and his band.

In 1966, Cotton struck out again on his own, forming his own band and teaching the likes of Paul Butterfield and Peter Wolf.

"Muddy didn't want me to leave," Cotton said from his home in Austin, Texas. "But, I wanted to do my own thing."

His "own thing" has since included being the only artist to open more than once for Janis Joplin, plus gigs with Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter- just to name a few.

"I've always wanted to play with the Rolling Stones, though," Cotton said.

"I've never played with them. but I'd like to record a song with them and maybe go on tour, too."

Mike Bloomfield, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller and Bonnie Raitt also all cite Cotton as a major influence on their music.

Cotton's albums have garnered numerous Grammy Award nominations, and his 1996 Verve release, Deep in the Blues, finally won him the award.

His hard-driving and powerful harmonica performances have earned Cotton has a reputation as an "infectious good-time entertainer."

In 1977 Johnny Winter toured extensively with Muddy Waters and James Cotton

James Cotton Blues Band - 1970 Taking care of business (*)

James Cotton Blues Band Taking Care of Business
James Cotton Blues Band Taking Care of Business

Capitol LP SM-814

Producer: Todd Rundgren and Mark Moogy Klingman
Recorded: I.D Sound Studio, Los Angeles.

Band

  • James Cotton - Lead Vocals and Harmonica
  1. The Sky Is Crying(Danny Kortchmar) Drums - Ritchie Heyward Slide Guitar - Todd Rundgren Bass - Stu Woods Organ & Piano -Mark Klingman Guitar - Matt Murphy
  2. Long Distance Operator(Bob Dylan) Drums - Joel Bishop O'Brian Bass - Stu Woods Piano - Mark Klingman Guitars - Michael Bloomfield & Todd Rundgren
  3. I'm A Free Man(Mark Klingman) Drums - Ritchie Heyward Bass - Stu Woods Electric Piano - Mark Klingman Guitars - Matt Murphy & Todd Rundgren
  4. Can't Live Without Love(R. Valante - R. Vito) Drums - Todd Rundgren Bass - Stu Woods Piano & Organ - Mark Klingman Guitars - Matt Murphy & Don Triano
  5. Kiddy Boy(Todd Rundgren) Drums - N. D. Smart II Bass - Stu Woods Guitar Matt Murphy & Todd Rundgren Piano - Mark Klingman
  6. Side Two:
  7. She Moves Me(McKinley Morganfield) Bottleneck Acoustic Guitar - Johnny Winter Bass Drum - Joel Bishop O'Brian
  8. Tonight I Wanna Love Me A Stranger(T.Rundgren/M.Klingman) Drums - Ritchie Heyward Bass - Stu Woods Piano - Mark Klingman Guitar -Matt Murphy Slide Guitar - Todd Rundgren
  9. Nose Open(Matt Murphy) Guitar - Michael Bloomfield Drums - Joel Bishop O'Brian Organ - Mark Klingman Piano - Ralph Shuckett
  10. Georgia Swing (N. D. Smart II, M. Klingman, T Rundgren) Drums - N. D. Smart II Bass - Stu Woods Piano - Mark Klingman Guitars - Don Triano & Matt Murphy 5 Georgia Swing(M. Bloomfield) Drums - Joel Bishop O'Brian Bass - Stu Woods Guitars - Michael Bloomfield & Johnny Winter Piano - Mark Klingman Accordian
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