Death of a Legend: Etta James (1939-2012)

On January 20th, the world lost an amazing woman. Etta James passed away from a terminal case of Leukemia just short of what would have been her 73rd birthday. On January 25, 1939, Jamesetta Hawkins was born. When she began her music career with the Peaches in the early 1950s, she changed her stage name to Etta James.

In late 1960, her most popular album by far, At Last, was released, featuring the title track which has since been played at every single wedding since. Etta was famous for her jazzy, bluesy, and powerful yet soulful voice.

In the 2008 movie Cadillac Records, Beyoncé Knowles played the role of Etta James.

On her blog, Beyoncé said this about Etta:

[quote]”Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter.”[/quote]

There are few artists in the world who have had such a strong influence on the music world. Etta James will be greatly missed.

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