My Etta James Playlist
Today, January 20, 2012, the music world lost a legend. Etta James wasn't just one singer with one style- she helped to launch blues, R&B and soul as musical genres and also sang gospel, jazz, and rock-n-roll. She launched her career in the mid-50s and you can see this launch, portrayed decently by Beyonce in the movie Cadillac Records. James suffered drug addiction but, would climb her way out of it to find success. We were lucky to not lose her to drugs and to have her on this Earth as long as we did.
How can I limit the songs that I love from this woman? I can't. This list started as a Top Five then songs just kept jumping on the list and finally, I just decided to do a playlist that would showcase Etta James. If you've never heard of her, I hope you walk away from this with a new appreciation of her talent and what we've lost today. If you know her, feel free to make your own list, I'd love to see what other songs inspired you. RIP Etta James. Thank you for your voice, soul and all you've done for music.