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Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer. 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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