Jeff Cotton

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Jeffrey Ralph Cotton
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Born: 31st May 1948, Porterville, Tulare County, California, USA

American blues-oriented guitarist and exponent of the 'bottleneck' style of slide-guitaring.

Cotton moved with his parents to the bleak desert town of Lancaster in 1962, where a post-war industry in aircraft development was flourishing and the local plant would eventually become Edwards Air Force base. Cotton, like many of the disaffected teenagers at Antelope Valley High School, had his sights set on gentle rebellion, long hair & music. He was a member of High-school band 'The Balladiers'.

Cotton began his career with Merrell Fankhauser, who's parents had also moved to Lancaster, and formed the Exiles with drummer John French. When Fankhauser departed for the west coast Cotton & French eventually teamed up with Mark Boston and Bill Harkleroad in 'Blues In A Bottle', which was just one of the 'car-club' gig bands like 'Rising Sons (2)' around at the time. These productive connections led to Cotton becoming a member of Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band shortly after the the Mount Tamalpas incident, which led to the departure of Ry Cooder and short-term stand-in of Jerry McGee [Gerry McGee]. In the 'Magic Band' Cotton was given the title 'Antennae Jimmy Semens' by Don Van Vliet, a nickname with which he is credited on the seminal Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Trout Mask Replica album.

Further conflicts arose within the group upon the album's release and Cotton moved on. He reunited with Fankhauser in 1970 and became part of the creation of Mu (7). Disillusioned with the music industry, Cotton eventually found his calling in Christian ministry.

Footnote: Cotton was also cast by Frank Zappa in the FZ 'teenage opera' script for "Captain Beefheart Vs The Grunt People" as the character Cecil Sweeney - dumb nephew of the story's janitor-scientist Bob Guy, aka Billy Sweeney.
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Jeff Cotton Discography Tracks

Vocals

MS-101-A / MS-102-B Jeff Cotton - One More Day / You've Been Here Before album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - One More Day / You've Been Here Before(7") Mu Records (3) MS-101-A / MS-102-B US 1972 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - Mu album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - Mu (Album) United Artists Records UK 1971 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - The Last Album album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - The Last Album (Album) Appaloosa Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - Fapardokly album art Fapardokly Fapardokly - Fapardokly (Album) UIP, UIP US 1967 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - The Maui Album album art Merrell Fankhauser Merrell Fankhauser - The Maui Album (Album) Reckless Records (2) UK 1988 Sell This Version
RECK 7 Jeff Cotton - End Of An Era.... album art Mu (7) You're Not The Only One and 2 more… Mu (7) - End Of An Era....(LP, Album, RM) Reckless Records (2) RECK 7 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDRECK 4 Jeff Cotton - Best Of Mu album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - Best Of Mu(CD, Comp) Reckless Records (2) CDRECK 4 US 1988 Sell This Version
XMCD-1 Jeff Cotton - The Band From The Lost Continent album art MU (7) MU (7) - The Band From The Lost Continent(2xCD, Comp) Xotic Mind Productions XMCD-1 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
SC 11037 Jeff Cotton - Mu album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - Mu(2xCD, Comp, RM) Sundazed Music SC 11037 US 1997 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Jeff Cotton - Fapardokly album art Fapardokly Fapardokly - Fapardokly (Album) UIP, UIP US 1967 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - Strictly Personal album art Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band* - Strictly Personal (Album) Blue Thumb Records, Blue Thumb Records Canada 1968 Sell This Version
MS-101-A / MS-102-B Jeff Cotton - One More Day / You've Been Here Before album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - One More Day / You've Been Here Before(7") Mu Records (3) MS-101-A / MS-102-B US 1972 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - Mu album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - Mu (Album) United Artists Records UK 1971 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - The Last Album album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - The Last Album (Album) Appaloosa Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - The Maui Album album art Merrell Fankhauser Merrell Fankhauser - The Maui Album (Album) Reckless Records (2) UK 1988 Sell This Version
RECK 7 Jeff Cotton - End Of An Era.... album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - End Of An Era....(LP, Album, RM) Reckless Records (2) RECK 7 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDRECK 4 Jeff Cotton - Best Of Mu album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - Best Of Mu(CD, Comp) Reckless Records (2) CDRECK 4 US 1988 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - I May Be Hungry But I Sure Ain't Weird - The Alternate Captain Beefheart album art Captain Beefheart Captain Beefheart - I May Be Hungry But I Sure Ain't Weird - The Alternate Captain Beefheart (Comp) Sequel Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
LM 9006 Jeff Cotton - The Early Years 1964-1967 album art Merrell And The Exiles* Merrell And The Exiles* - The Early Years 1964-1967(CD, Comp) Legend Music LM 9006 France 1993 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - Puller Man album art Captain Beefheart Abba Zabba and 6 more… Captain Beefheart - Puller Man (Comp) German Records World Productions Germany 1994 Sell This Version
XMCD-1 Jeff Cotton - The Band From The Lost Continent album art MU (7) MU (7) - The Band From The Lost Continent(2xCD, Comp) Xotic Mind Productions XMCD-1 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - Zig Zag Wanderer - The Best Of The Buddah Years album art Captain Beefheart Captain Beefheart - Zig Zag Wanderer - The Best Of The Buddah Years (Comp) Wooded Hill Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
SC 11037 Jeff Cotton - Mu album art Mu (7) Mu (7) - Mu(2xCD, Comp, RM) Sundazed Music SC 11037 US 1997 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - The Dust Blows Forward (An Anthology) album art Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones and 1 more… Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - The Dust Blows Forward (An Anthology) (Comp) Rhino Entertainment Company US 1999 Sell This Version
Jeff Cotton - The Mirror Man Sessions album art Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band* Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band* - The Mirror Man Sessions (Comp, Album) Buddha Records Europe 1999 Sell This Version