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Born naked and alone with nothing but a guitar case and a tambourine on the streets of New Orleans. Cleo was given her name by a set of traveling bayou gypsies along the Mississippi river bank. Weaving gowns from loose grass and fallen leaves she clothed herself and learned english in smoky blues clubs drinking Shirley Temples. Selling that old tambourine she bought herself a one way train ticket to New York City, where she became a painter.