James Cotton has today’s almost forgotten track
If you’re a blues fan the odds are very good that you got to see James Cotton more than once…as harp players go, there were few that were his equal, and I was blessed with the opportunity to work with him and see him play a number of times…he influenced every musician who saw him play, and, certainly, all who got to play with him, and had a good long career playing in support of most of the giants, and leaving us only about a year ago…a mighty blower indeed…
Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then.
His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.
Greg Simpson is the author of ‘Today’s Almost Forgotten Track’
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