Etta James 1938-2012
Best known for the classic, "At Last," Etta James started her career recording what would become soul, blues, rock n' roll and jazz staples at age 15 and is considered to be one of the most emotive and versatile artists in history. Instantly making an impact, James was admired by younger artists who eagerly wanted to cover her songs, such as Janis Joplin, who covered 1968's "Tell Mama" in the 1970's. After several hits and much success through the 1950's and '60s, James battled alcoholism and drug abuse, but made her way back to prominence in the 1980's and ultimately received 6 Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She is an inductee in the Grammy Hall of Fame, Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame. James succumbed to leukemia today at age 73. Below is a small gallery, the song "At Last" and a great cover of "Trust in Me" by Beyonce`, who portrayed James in the film "Cadillac Records."
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