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Muddy Waters Band Harmonica Great James Cotton Dies at 81

A small group of musicians working in Chicago in the 1950s and 60s created modern blues harmonica-playing, among them Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Walter Horton and Junior Wells. James Cotton, who has died aged 81, was the last of that company, but he probably travelled more widely, and was heard by more people, than any of them. In a career spanning six decades he played at all the major blues and rock festivals, made more than two dozen albums and gathered armfuls of awards.

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