Elizabeth Cotten


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Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (January 5, 1895 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter.

A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a right-handed guitar (usually in standard tuning), not re-strung for left-handed playing, essentially, holding a right-handed guitar upside down. ... more »

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  • ''I was just glad to get the Grammy. I didn't know what the thing was. It's the honor what I loved.''
    Elizabeth Cotten (1892-1987), African American musical performer. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). On winning a Grammy award ...
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