Etta James - Sondz

Overview

Jamesetta Hawkins (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012), known professionally as Etta James, 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's powerful, deep, 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 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest S...

Facts

Born25/1/1938, in Los Angeles
Died20/1/2012 (Aged: 73), in Riverside
AreaUnited States
Years active57
StatusInactive
Parent(s)Dorothy Hawkins
Role(s)Vocal
Label(s)ChessPrivate MusicArgoMCA RecordsCadet RecordsIslandKent SoulGeffen RecordsAceLegacy