Skip to comments.Etta James has passed away - KFI/Los Angeles
Posted on 01/20/2012 8:50:09 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel
KFI Radio in Los Angeles is reporting that Etta James has just passed away. Further info to follow as it becomes available.
Who is Etta James?
She had one of the finest singing voices I have ever heard.
God rest her.
I guess she's a singer . . . never heard of her!
Blues/jazz singer with a wonderful voice. Just found this:
Etta James is one of the greatest singers that have been recorded. Her passing is very sad, but it makes me feel good that all future generations will be able to enjoy her voice and her music.
Never heard this?
Where have you been?
Let’s just say the choir in heaven just got a pretty big boost in talent.
Classic version of “At Last”
“At Last” she can rest.
She had a hard life.
A wonderful singer. May she find peaceful and eternal life in Heaven.
Blues-soul singer. If you heard the sultry voice singing “At Last” on a car ad, you heard her. YouTube has songs like
Tell Mama, I’d Rather Go Blind etc.
The movie Cadillac Records based on Chess Records (Chuck
Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf) shows a
character based on her.
Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 January 20, 2012) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as “Dance With Me, Henry”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind” for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems including drug addiction before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album, The Seven Year Itch.
She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty
...That’s who she is.
A very talented woman. We have two of her CDs.
This weekend I’m sure there will be salutes to her on blues radio shows (college/public radio etc.) I’m sure there will also be some of her music on Sirius-XM BB King’s Bluesville if you have that. Channel 70.
We saw her perform twice in small venues. She was a great talent. RIP.
Just three days after Johnny Otis.
Singer of onne of the greatet songs of all time, At Last:
Well said :-)
My Daughter-In-Law requested Etta James “At Last” as he first dance with my son at their wedding. Rest in Peace Etta.
...Dance With Me, Henry...
That would be “Roll With Me, Henry”, if you listed to the ‘wrong’ radio stations.
You would know who she was if you were into the Los Angeles popular music scene in the mid-1950's, especially if you tuned in to Dick Hugg--"Huggy Boy"--on KGFJ or went huntin' with Hunter Hancock at KPOP at 1020 kilocycles. You would have undoubtedly heard Etta James & the Peaches sing the following, from 1955:
I've never heard that version of "The Wallflower/Roll With Me,Henry/Dance With Me, Henry" which you posted, but it rocks. In the original version, recorded over Thanksgiving weekend, 1954, Richard Berry sang the part of Henry. Berry is probably best known today for his 1957 hit, Louie, Louie.
Etta James answered her song with Hey! Henry, in which her boyfriend has become skilled at cutting rug.
In our home, we listened to the "right" radio stations, notably KFI, which would have played the Georgia Gibbs version of The Wallflower--which also rocks.