One of the last of the great bluesmen, James Cotton died today, March 16, 2017, of pneumonia. He was 81, and had been a working musician from the age of nine, and a performer for more than six decades. Tutored by Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson II, Cotton developed his own powerful and distinctive style. Despite being faced with health challenges over the years, including throat cancer in the 90s which forced him to give up singing, he performed well into his 70s, never failing to deliver a high octane thrill to his audience. For more information on this truly great figure in music here is a link to story in the New York Times. Goodbye Mr. Cotton, you will be missed.
And here is a great live performance of his iconic song "The Creeper."