Friday, January 20, 2012

Singer Etta James Dies at 73

It's a sad day in music today. Legendary jazz singer Etta James died today at 73....
Etta James, who is best known for her classic hit, "At Last", finally lost the battle to leukemia according to reports. She continued to fight despite the tolling that the sickness had on her and even released her last studio album last year entitled, The Dreamer.

(CNN) -- Etta James, whose assertive, earth voice lit up such hits as "The Wallflower" "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the wedding favorite "At Last," has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73 and had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.
James, who also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C, died at a hospital in Riverside, California.
The powerhouse singer, known as "Miss Peaches," lived an eventful life. She first hit the charts as a teenager, taking "The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)" -- an "answer record" to Hank Ballard's "Work With Me, Annie" -- to No. 1 on the R&B charts in 1955. She joined Chess Records in 1960 and had a string of R&B and pop hits, many with lush string arrangements. After a mid-decade fade, she re-emerged in 1967 with a more hard-edged, soulful sound.
Throughout her career, James overcame a heroin addiction, opened for the Rolling Stones, won six Grammys and was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite her ups and downs -- including a number of health problems -- she maintained an itoptimistic attitude.

"Most of the songs I sing, they have that blue feeling to it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about," she told CNN's Denise Quan in 2002. "I don't!"
She will be sorely missed by fans all over the world, young and old. Thank you for sharing your gift with us Ms. James. Rest in peace.

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