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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.

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A Quick Tip by djevoke

  • Jan 20, 2012
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.

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January 20, 2012
I didn't know her music, but it's always sad when someone who gave so much to the world and inspired so many dies.
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", 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 ranging from to . James' pioneering 1950s hits - "The Wallflower" and "Good Rockin' Daddy" - assure her place in the early history of rock and roll alongside , and . In the Sixties, as a soulful singer of pop and blues diva compared with the likes of and , James truly found her musical direction and made a lasting mark.

James was born Jamesette Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. Though brought up in the church, she was drawn to rhythm & blues and rock and roll, and by her midteens had formed a vocal trio that worked up an answer song to Hank Ballard's "Work With Me Annie" entitled "Roll With Me Henry." The trio caught the attention of bandleader , who recorded "Roll With Me Henry," which was retitled "The Wallflower" and topped the R&B chart for four weeks in 1955. James toured the R&B circuit with Otis and other artists and recorded for Modern Records until 1958.

It was at the Chicago-based Chess label (where she recorded for Chess and its Argo and Cadet subsidiaries) that she molded her identity as a singer of both modern blues and ...

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