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Elizabeth Cotten
Birth: Jan. 5, 1893
Chapel Hill
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1987
Syracuse
Onondaga County
New York, USA

Musician. She was nicknamed "Libba" by the children of musician Charles Seeger, who was her employer; although she was Seeger's housekeeper, she became one of the premier guitarists of the 20th century. She taught herself how to play the guitar and banjo early in life. She married at 14 years of age and went to work doing various kinds of domestic work. Through the years, she played her guitar to entertain the children she babysat and for her own personal enjoyment. While working in the Seeger home in the 1950's, she was "discovered" and encouraged to perform in public. She performed at the Newport Folk Festival on many occasions throughout the 1950's, 60's, and 70's, as well as at many other venues. She performed at Carnegie Hall in 1978 and on the television show, "Austin City Limits," in 1979. Her album, "Elizabeth Cotten Live!" won her a Grammy Award in 1984. Elizabeth Cotten died at Crouse-Irving Hospital in Syracuse, New York in 1987. 
 
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Cremated
 
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Originally Created by: Sugar Dap Willie
Record added: Aug 06, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6666716
Elizabeth Cotten
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Elizabeth Cotten
Added by: Sugar Dap Willie
 
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