Etta James Passed Away
aaamusic | On 20, Jan 2012
CNN reports that soul and blues legend Etta James has passed away after a battle with leukemia. She was 73.
Born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, James was singing gospel in churches and on radio stations at the age of five. In the mid-50s, she launched a solo career, releasing hits like “Good Rockin’ Daddy”. In 1960, she signed with Arco, a subsidiary of Chess, and her partnership with the label would be long and fruitful. Working with Chess, James released her most iconic songs, including “All I Could Do Was Cry”, “Trust in Me”, and the eternal wedding staple “At Last”.
During the 1960s, James battled heroin addiction, but she stayed productive, recording the classic 1968 LP Tell Mama with the great Muscle Shoals house band. She recorded for Chess until the mid-70s, and continued releasing albums and touring through the mid-2000s.