Elizabeth Cotten  (1893-1987)
Last updated: 17.01.21
p_cottene.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (née Nevills) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter.
Being left-handed she developed her own style of guitar playing. Using a guitar strung for a right-handed player she played it upside down.She therefore had to play the bass lines with her fingers and the melody with her thumb. Her alternating bass style has become known as "Cotten picking".
Her signature song Freight Train (1903) has been widely covered by folk musicians such as Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
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url15.gif Elizabeth Cotten Biography by wikipedia.org.  
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book15.gif  Elizabeth Cotten in Concert 1969, 1978 & 1980 Elizabeth Cotten flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
This list is arranged by composer and contains 8 songs sung by Elizabeth Cotten who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
sm15.gif Freight Train (1905) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif Old Woman Keeps Tellin' Her Lies on Me (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif Shake Sugaree (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif Spanish Flang Dang (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif Washington Blues (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif Wilson Rag (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
sm15.gif I'm Going Away (?) Elizabeth Cotten E. Cotten (sung by)
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 8 works by Elizabeth Cotten (1893-1987). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Freight Train 1905 Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)  youtube15.jpg
Old Woman Keeps Tellin' Her Lies on Me ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)  youtube15.jpg
Shake Sugaree ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)  youtube15.jpg
Spanish Flang Dang ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)  youtube15.jpg
Washington Blues ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)
Wilson Rag ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)  youtube15.jpg
I'm Going Away ? Elizabeth Cotten (sung by)
     Title Dur Performer Score/Song
         
youtube15.jpg Freight Train 2:46 Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie 4:43 Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Old Woman Keeps Tellin' Her Lies On Me 6:27 Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Shake Sugaree 5:02 Elizabeth Cotten, Brenda Evans
youtube15.jpg Spanish Flang Dang 8:29 Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Washington Blues/I'm Going Away 8:27 Elizabeth Cotten
youtube15.jpg Wilson Rag 1:40 Elizabeth Cotten