Etta James

Etta James

United States · Person · 1938–2012
Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind". She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James' powerful, earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and 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 magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists. Read more »

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Apollo to Induct Lionel Richie, Etta James

Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame in New York City. The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4. Richie performed with The Commodores at the Apollo...

Hundreds Gather for the Funeral of Etta James

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their last respects to Etta James as the R&B legend was buried today in Los Angeles. The service was held at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena. A widely-attended public viewing took place...

Etta James' Album Sales Jump 378% After Death

The late, great Etta James makes a powerful impact on the Billboard charts this week, following her death on Jan. 20. On the Billboard 200 chart, she nets her highest-charting album ever as "The Best of Etta James - 20th Century Masters: The...

Etta James Funeral Details Announced

The family of late R&B icon Etta James have announced that the Rev. Al Sharpton will preside over her funeral on Saturday. A public viewing for the singer will be held on Friday at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California, but the funeral at...


Etta James
2014 Official Album
Queen of Soul
2012 Official Album
Call My Name
2011 Official Album
The Dreamer
2011 Official Album
From the Heart
2009 Official Album
Blues to the Bone
2004 Official Album
Let's Roll
2003 Official Album
Blue Gardenia
2001 Official Album