Legendary blues singer Etta James died today in Riverside, California. The vocalist had been undergoing treatments for leukemia and dementia. With the ability to rock the dirtiest of blues and the most tender of ballads, Etta got a young start in Los Angeles in the 1950s. While still a teenager, she had already released her first hit single, toured with Little Richard (with her girl group, The Creolettes), and went steady with B.B. King. One of the most overlooked singers of her time with through-the-roof talent, she had a handful of blues hits – but by and large the biggest hit of her career was first-dance/wedding staple, “At Last.”
In total, she has been awarded six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards; she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame; she was placed at number 22 in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.
Enjoy some of her lesser-known hits and try not to send any telepathic messages to Adele to eat her heart out:
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