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JAMES COTTON
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wolfPhoto (L-R): James Cotton, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf in the cottonfields. Identities of the men on far left and far right are unknown.
Photo by: Ernest C. Withers, courtesy of Showtime (Toronto)/Escott

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HareJames Cotton and Pat Hare
Chicago 1959
source: Charly Sun Box 105 booklet
photographer: Jacques Demêtre

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checkerboardHound Dog Taylor, Lefty Dizz, and James Cotton in front of the Checkerboard Lounge, 43rd St., Chicago.

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wintersJohnny Winter, Muddy Waters, James Cotton & Pinetop Perkins

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cbsL-R: Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Sunnyland Slim, James Madison, Mabel Hillary, James Cotton
(CBC- TV Studios - January 1966)

Bill Smith • Photography

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In 1966, CBC Television invited some of North America's greatest blues performers to gather in a studio in Toronto, recording together and individually in sessions that lasted three days. The result was originally televised as part of the CBC "Festival" series, and now the session video tapes have been found, restored and re-edited. The great Muddy Waters and his band perform "You Can't Lose What You Never Had" and "Got My Mojo Workin'," the latter with James Cotton on harmonica. Willie Dixon goes solo on "Bassology" and (helped by a little '90s technology) performs "Crazy for My Baby" with host Colin James. Plus rare appearances by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Mable Hillery singing "How Long This Train Been Gone," and delta blues piano player Sunnyland Slim, introducing a whole new generation to this inspiring, soulful music.

cbs2L-R: Mabel Hillary, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, Jessie Fuller
(CBC- TV Studios - January 1966)

Bill Smith • Photography

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Carey Bell & James Cotton & Junior Wells & Billy Branch

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Norton Buffalo & James Cotton & Paul Butterfield, 1980

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markerfrom The Delta Blues blog: "we actually stumbled upon James Cotton, his plantation, and his marker…."

from Marathon Pundit blog: "Highway 61 marker unveiled. The debut of Mississippi's second Blues Highway marker will make its debut in Vicksburg on Thursday. The first one was unveiled last year near Tunica, just south of Memphis. The James Cotton marker pictured is located near that casino town. ... Highway 61 ventures through the heart of the Magnolia State's Delta Region, which is also the home of Delta Blues music. Near Tunica [Cotton's birthplace] is Clarksdale, where legend says blues pioneer Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49."

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The induction of James Cotton into The Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Photography by Jim Young

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The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from events will be distributed to eligible 501 (C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.

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