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Coco Montoya – Live in Concert
|Birth name||Henry Montoya|
October 2, 1951 |
Santa Monica, California, United States
|Genres||Blues, blue-eyed soul|
|Associated acts||John Mayall's Bluesbreakers|
Montoya's career began in the mid 1970s when Albert Collins asked him to join his band as drummer. Collins took Montoya under his wing and taught him his "icy hot" guitar style. The two remained friends even after Montoya left Collins' band.
In the early 1980s John Mayall heard Montoya playing guitar in a Los Angeles bar. Soon after Mayall asked Montoya to join the newly reformed Bluesbreakers. He remained a member of the band for 10 years.
In 2002, he featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute!, performing the song "Pills."
Montoya is left-handed but plays "upside-down right-handed" guitar, like Albert King, Doyle Bramhall II, and Otis Rush, among many others [see List of musicians who play left-handed#Left-handed with strings backwards ].
Montoya and his longtime girlfriend Lenora married in 2008. He has two daughters; Jasmin (born 1980) and Donna (born 1988).
- 1995 Gotta Mind To Travel
- 1996 Ya Think I'd Know Better
- 1997 Just Let Go
- 2000 Suspicion
- 2002 Can't Look Back
- 2007 Dirty Deal
- 2009 The Essential Coco Montoya (compilation)
- 2010 I Want It All Back
- Cate Brothers biography, VH1.com