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Folder 14 Cotton, William interviewed by Charles E. Austin, February 29, 1996

Cotton, William, a piano player and singer who was a bandleader and performed in Pittsburgh. [T1S1] Beginning music; learning from musicians; joining a union; time in the service; music school in Pittsburgh; performing in Pittsburgh; early exposure to music; touring; photographs; booking jobs; Local 471 members and Pittsburgh clubs.

[T1S2] Downtown clubs; problems with Local 471; Union merger; Local 471 officers; Pittsburgh clubs; bandleader responsibilities; 50 year card and Union pension; playing to the crowd; Union merge and loss of musicians; racial relations and clubs.