James Cotton

1935 - 2017

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James Henry Cotton (July 1, 1935 – March 16, 2017) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time and with his own band. He played drums early in his career but is famous for his harmonica playing. Cotton began his professional career playing the blues harp in Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Cotton has received more than 302,514 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). James Cotton is the 1,420th most popular musician (down from 1,306th in 2019), the 7,090th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,257th in 2019) and the 571st most popular American Musician.

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  • 300k

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  • 57.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 19

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.89

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.22

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, James Cotton ranks 1,420 out of 2,675Before him are Ziggy Marley, Östen Warnerbring, Rico Rodriguez, Timothy B. Schmit, Gary Barlow, and Nujabes. After him are Eliane Elias, Doug Aldrich, Yang Hyun-suk, Red Mitchell, Eric Prydz, and Johnny Dodds.

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Among people born in 1935, James Cotton ranks 322Before him are Carol Kaye, Karen Spärck Jones, Andrey Zaliznyak, Carlo Facetti, Ramsey Lewis, and A. J. Foyt. After him are Yuri Titov, Aly Lotfy Mahmoud, Aki Schmidt, Alberto Mariotti, Assar Rönnlund, and Katalin Szőke. Among people deceased in 2017, James Cotton ranks 365Before him are Nicolae Lupescu, Liam Cosgrave, Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi, Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Friedel Rausch, and Della Reese. After him are Yaakov Neeman, William H. Keeler, Katalin Szőke, Peter Hall, Nikos Koundouros, and Márta Rudas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Cotton ranks 7,090 out of 15,968Before him are Michael Brandon (1945), Michael Hardt (1960), Peter S. Beagle (1939), Parker Posey (1968), Brad Fiedel (1951), and Sam Webb (1945). After him are Billy Cunningham (1943), Randy Meisner (1946), Charles Bassett (1931), Sara Gilbert (1975), Irving Kristol (1920), and Lili Taylor (1967).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, James Cotton ranks 571Before him are Steve Lacy (1934), Ramsey Lewis (1935), Lee Ranaldo (1956), Dave Weckl (1960), Roy Ayers (1940), and Timothy B. Schmit (1947). After him are Doug Aldrich (1964), Red Mitchell (1927), Johnny Dodds (1892), Doc Watson (1923), Jake E. Lee (1957), and Nancy Wilson (1954).