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James Cotton, the field laborer from Mississippi that gained notoriety as a harmonica player with the Muddy Waters Band and went on to be share bills with a number of major Rock acts during the late 60's and the 70's, passed away in an Austin, Texas hospital Thursday (3/16) after coming down with pneumonia. Cotton, who outlasted the cancer that robbed him of his ability to song in the 90's, barnstormed the country through many of the early years of Classic Rock doing headline dates with his James Cotton Blues Band and earning opening invites for concerts headlined by the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin.