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Source: Wikipedia

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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Life Well Lived: Record producer Phil Chess dies at 95
MSNBC Entertainment, 2016-10-23 13:16:55
Phil Chess died this week at the age of 95. He co-founded Chess Records, a Chicago blues label that gave rise to artists like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. Chess can even be thanked for sparking the formation of the Rolling Stones.

Life Well Lived: Record producer Phil Chess dies at 95
MSNBC Entertainment, 2016-10-23 13:16:00
Phil Chess died this week at the age of 95. He co-founded Chess Records, a Chicago blues label that gave rise to artists like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. Chess can even be thanked for sparking the formation of the Rolling Stones.

Life Well Lived: Record producer Phil Chess dies at 95
MSNBC Entertainment, 2016-10-23 13:16:00
Phil Chess died this week at the age of 95. He co-founded Chess Records, a Chicago blues label that gave rise to artists like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. Chess can even be thanked for sparking the formation of the Rolling Stones.

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