Born Jamesetta Hawkins on 1/25/38 in Los Angeles. Nicknamed "Miss Peaches". First recorded for Modern in 1954. Recorded duets with Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows as Etta & Harvey. Frequent bouts with heroine addiction; finally cured in the late 70's.
"Jerry Wexler, Atlantic Records' legendary producer, describes Etta James as "the greatest of all modern blues singers...the undisputed Earth Mother." Her raw, unharnessed vocals and hot-blooded eroticism has made disciples of singers … see full wiki
Etta James died today of leukemia in a California hospital surrounded by loved ones. I will be getting more information and writing a more detailed review of the woman whose voice is so beautifully haunting that it helped create a whole new musical genre. To be honest, you'll probably get a list out of me too, I love Etta, she was an amazing woman and talent. Etta, may you rest in peace now and forever. Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration and on constant rotation in my playlists. Thank you for giving me the perfect song to walk down the aisle to...You will be missed.