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James Henry Cotton, aka “Mr. Superharp,” recorded nearly 30 solo albums, won one Grammy Award, six Living BluesAwards and 10 Blues Music Awards. He was inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2006. 

Cotton is survived by his wife Jacklyn Hairston Cotton, daughters Teresa Hampton of Seattle, and Marshall Ann Cotton of Peoria, IL, and son James Patrick Cotton of Chicago, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Salgado recovering in NH
Soul and blues singer Curtis Salgado is now recovering from his March 10 triple bypass surgery after suffering a mild heart attack while on tour in the Northeast.

All performance dates have been cancelled through May, but Salgado still plans to attend and perform May 11 at the 2017 Blues Music Awards ceremony in Memphis. Salgado is nominated for three top Blues Music Awards. He won the 2010, 2012 and 2013 Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year. Salgado already has won five Blues Music Awards.

Photo by Christopher Durst courtesy of Alligator Records

R.I.P.  James Cotton
​7.1.35 - 3.16.17

Blues harmonica master James Cotton  died March 16, 2017, of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, TX, according to an Alligator Records press release. 
​He was 81. 

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