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  • Category: Recording
  • Unveiled: 18 Apr 2003
  • Star rank: 1126
  • Address:
    7072 Hollywood Blvd
  • Position: 3 tiles from the curb, facing east
  • GPS location:
    34.101412, -118.344301

Etta James

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Previous star: Cole Porter

Biography

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music 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” for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Jamesetta Hawkins
  • Also known as: Miss Peaches, The Matriarch of R&B
  • Born: January 25, 1938 Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Died: January 20, 2012 (aged 73) Riverside, California, U.S.
  • Genres: Blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz, gospel
  • Occupation(s): Singer
  • Instruments: Vocals
  • Years active: 1954–2012
  • Labels: Modern, Chess/MCA Records, Argo, Crown, Cadet, Island/PolyGram Records, Private Music/RCA, RCA Victor Records, Elektra, Virgin/EMI Records, Verve Forecast/Universal Records
  • Associated acts: Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Otis, Sugar Pie DeSanto

Read more about Etta James at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Good golly, Miss Miley! Miley Cyrus was up early for Australia's Sunrise morning show at the Sydney Opera House on Monday, to perform 4 stellar songs to wake up the sleepy people down under! [ Video: Miley Cyrus Falls Onstage In Australia! ] Not only did Mileybird belt her classics ...

Late Night Life: Alysha Umphress, Echoes of Etta James, Frank Wildhorn and More
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Do you want to see a cabaret, pay tribute to Etta James or hum along with some leading ladies late night after your Broadway show? Playbill.com provides you with some of the best options New York City has to offer in late night entertainment.

Joe Bihari, Who Put Early R&B on Record, Dies at 88
NY Times Music, 2013-12-12 02:47:20
Mr. Bihari created Modern Music Records with his two brothers, Jules and Saul, recording B.B. King, Etta James, John Lee Hooker and other blues legends.    

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