IN MEMORIUM: James Cotton, 81

TKA is saddened to recognize the passing of our friend and client James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton, world renowned harmonica player and iconic bluesman. Throughout his career, Cotton regaled the blues world with his powerful mastery of the harmonica, the dynamic energy of his live performances, and his distinguished presence as a commanding band leader. He collaborated with such luminaries as Muddy Waters, Steve Miller, and Dr. John, and shared the stage with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, and B.B. King. As NPR says, “Conjure up a list of all-time great blues harmonica players, and high up on it you’ll see the name James Cotton.”

Cotton passed away on March 16, 2017 in Austin, TX. Cotton is survived by his wife Jacklyn Hairston Cotton, daughters Teresa Hampton of Seattle, Washington and Marshall Ann Cotton of Peoria, Illinois and son James Patrick Cotton of Chicago, Illinois, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A statement from Jacklyn Cotton can be found below.

Statement from Jacklyn Cotton, James Cotton’s wife:

“Dear Friends and Fans of James Cotton,

Many of you have been contacting me about when James’ funeral is to be held. We are still in the process of making the arrangements. I’ll let you know as soon as the date is firm. Thank you for your kindness and your notes of sympathy. Cotton loved you all. The outpouring of condolences affirms that you all loved him too.

Jacklyn Cotton”