Paul Cotton (musician)

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Paul Cotton
Cotton performing in June 2007
Background information
Birth name Norman Paul Cotton
Born (1943-02-26) February 26, 1943 (age 72)
Fort Rucker, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Rock, Country Rock, Country, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1968 - present
Labels Columbia Records, Epic Records
Associated acts Illinois Speed Press
Website Paul

Paul Cotton (born Norman Paul Cotton February 26, 1943 in Fort Rucker, Alabama) is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, most notable as a member of the band Poco and as the writer of the international hit song from that band, "Heart of the Night".


Most of Paul Cotton's music career has been as songwriter, lead guitarist and lead singer for the band Poco. Cotton joined Poco in 1970, replacing Jim Messina. Cotton's best known song with Poco is "The Heart of the Night", which was a major hit from the band's Legend album, released in 1978. He also penned such Poco classics as " Barbados", "Indian Summer", "Ride The Country", and "Bad Weather". Prior to Poco, he co-founded, with Kal David, Illinois Speed Press, which released two albums. Cotton left Poco in early 2010 and now works and tours with his 7 different back-up bands across the Nation. He lives in Key West, Florida where he goes fishing, sailing and sunning when not working on his music. Cotton is actively involved in the Key West community performing at various benefit shows in the area.

Solo discography[edit]

  • 1990 Changing Horses (Curb)
  • 2001 "Firebird"
  • 2004 "When The Coast Is Clear"
  • 2007 "Sunset Kidd"
  • 2014 "100% PAUL COTTON"

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