Bobby Blue Bland and James Cotton are brothers?

Posted by mcorcoran on January 26, 2014

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In the New York Times obit for Bobby Blue Bland, who passed away in June 2013, it says that Bland discovered, not too long before his death, that he and James Cotton were half-brothers. Born in 1930, Bland was fathered by I.J. Brooks, who then abandoned the family. Cotton was born five years later in Tunica, Miss. Apparently, Bland found out that Cotton’s father was also I.J. Brooks, who also bobby_bland1soon left that family. Cotton was taken in as a kid by Sonny Boy Williamson II, the good one. The story600px-James_Cotton_2007_2 was always that Cotton had been orphaned but later he admitted that story wasn’t true.

No denying that there’s some resemblance.


2 Responses to “Bobby Blue Bland and James Cotton are brothers?”

  1. Dennis said

    They certainly look alike. Growing up separately without the knowledge of their common paternity, they both became excellent blues musicians. That says a lot about heredity, how musical talent was in their genes

  2. CoffeeBoy Johnson said

    John Lee Williamson was not joke!
    Rice Miller stole his name and became Sonny Boy II
    Good story story about some talented dudes!

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