For most of the first half of her life, Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten lived in obscurity, outside the life of fame. But during her childhood years, she had been a lover of music and instruments. This she carried with her well into her adulthood when she became a domestic for a family of musicians, the Seegers. It wasn’t until the 1960s when Libba Cotten would get recognized, record her own albums, and go on tour singing in various music, mostly folk, festivals. Her career began at the age of 66 and only at the age of 93 did she win her very first Grammy.
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