Remembering Etta James   3 comments

The greatest Blues singer of my generation died today at age 73. While in the Riverside, California this past Christmas, we read that she was serious ill and suffering from terminal cancer at the Riverside Community Hospital. It was that many years ago that we saw her perform at Houston’s Verizon Theater. She had lost a lot of weight , but was still singing at her best. The music world has lost a legend.

The New York Times wrote today: “In 1960 Ms. James was signed by Chess Records, the Chicago label that was home to Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and other leading lights of black music. She quickly had a string of hits, including “All I Could Do Was Cry,” “Trust in Me” and “At Last,” which established her as Chess’s first major female star.” Today’s generation may know of Etta only because of Beyoncé’s role of her in the 2008 movie, “Cadillac Records.” In so many ways, Etta James didn’t sing about the blues, she sang about life, which is way in so many ways her image was bigger than life.



Posted January 20, 2012 by kenneturner in Blues, Information, Music

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