Blues singer Etta James
birth name: Jamesetta Hawkins

Etta James

January 25, 1938, Los Angeles, CA ~ January 20, 2012, Riverside, CA

Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers,” and she recorded a number of enduring hits, including At Last, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind, and All I Could Do Was Cry. At the same time, despite possessing one of the most powerful voices in music, James only belatedly gained the attention of the mainstream audience, appearing rarely on the pop charts despite scoring 30 R&B hits, and she lived a rough-and-tumble life that could have inspired a dozen soap operas, battling drug addiction and bad relationships while outrunning a variety of health and legal problems. ~ Allmusic: Etta James ~ retrieved January 16, 2014 © Allmusic

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Hawkins was born […] to Dorothy Hawkins, who was only 14 at the time. Her father has never been identified. James speculated that he was the pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone, and met him briefly in 1987. Due to her mother's frequent absences from their Watts apartment conducting relationships with various men, James lived with a series of foster parents, most notably "Sarge" and "Mama" Lu. James referred to her mother as "the Mystery Lady." ~ Wikipedia: Etta James ~ retrieved February 7, 2016 © Wikipedia

Etta James ~ Ranked #19 VH-1 100 Greatest Women Of Rock & Roll in 1999.

Etta James ~ Live: Etta James Rocks The House (1964) ~ #79 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

Etta James ~ At Last (1961) ~ Ranked #119 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ 1955's Roll With Me, Henry made this self-described “juvenile delinquent” a sexually precocious teenage star. Six years later, Etta James bloomed into a fiery interpreter on this spellbinding LP. Hitting the pop and R&B charts, she created a new vocal model: the crossover diva. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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