Etta James

Real Name:
Jamesetta Hawkins
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American R&B/soul contralto vocalist (born January 25, 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA - died January 20, 2012, Riverside, California, USA), the most prominent female vocalist of the Chess label.

Etta James was discovered as a teenager by Johnny Otis, with her first hit in 1955. She recorded for Modern Records (2) and Kent Records for the remainder of the 1950's. She signed with Chess in 1960, recording with them until 1976. From 1965 to the mid 1970's she battled heroin addiction.

In 1978 she recorded the Jerry Wexler produced "Deep in the Night", which was her final recording until 1988, returning to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to record "Seven Years Itch". From 1988 through 2006, she recorded frequent albums.

She was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2008, the movie "Cadillac Records" told the story of her career through to the late 1970's, with her role being played by Beyoncé Knowles, who also recorded some of James' songs for the soundtrack.

For writing credits in her early career she used the last name from a couple that took care of her as a child, Jamesetta Rogers and on a rare occasion her real name Jamesetta Hawkins. Mother of Donto James and Sametto James.
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LP 4003, LP-4003 At Last! — Etta James Etta James At Last! (Album, Single, Comp) Argo (6), Argo (6) LP 4003, LP-4003 US 1960 Sell This Version
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LP - 4011 The Second Time Around — Etta James Etta James The Second Time Around (Album) Argo (6) LP - 4011 US 1961 Sell This Version
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CLP 5209, 5209 Miss Etta James — Etta James Etta James Miss Etta James (Album, Comp) Crown Records (2) CLP 5209, 5209 US 1961 Sell This Version
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LP 4018, LP-4018 Sings For Lovers — Etta James Etta James Sings For Lovers (Album) Argo (6), Argo (6) LP 4018, LP-4018 US 1962 Sell This Version
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U-11409 Etta James — Etta James Etta James Etta James (Album) Argo (6) U-11409 US 1962 Sell This Version
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LP-4032 Etta James Rocks The House — Etta James Etta James Etta James Rocks The House (Album) Argo (6) LP-4032 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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argo LP-4040 Queen Of Soul — Etta James Etta James Queen Of Soul (Album) Argo (6) argo LP-4040 US 1964 Sell This Version
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LP 4055, LP-4055 Call My Name — Etta James Etta James Call My Name (Album) Cadet, Cadet LP 4055, LP-4055 US 1966 Sell This Version
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LPS 802, LPS-802 Tell Mama — Etta James Etta James Tell Mama (Album, Comp) Cadet, Cadet LPS 802, LPS-802 US 1968 Sell This Version
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LPS-832DJ, LPS 832, LPS-832 Etta James Sings Funk — Etta James Etta James Etta James Sings Funk (Album) Cadet LPS-832DJ, LPS 832, LPS-832 US 1970 Sell This Version
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LPS 847 Losers Weepers — Etta James Etta James Losers Weepers (Album) Cadet LPS 847 US 1970 Sell This Version
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CH 50042 Etta James — Etta James Etta James Etta James (Album) Chess CH 50042 US 1973 Sell This Version
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BLPS 19194 Come A Little Closer — Etta James Etta James Come A Little Closer (Album) Chess BLPS 19194 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
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ACH-19003 Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! — Etta James Etta James Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! (Album) Chess ACH-19003 US 1976 Sell This Version
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BSK 3156 Deep In The Night — Etta James Etta James Deep In The Night (Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3156 US 1978 Sell This Version
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MCA-3244 Changes — Etta James Etta James Changes (Album) T-Electric, MCA Records MCA-3244 US 1980 Sell This Version
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AN 8121 The Heart And Soul Of Etta James — Etta James Etta James The Heart And Soul Of Etta James (Album, Comp) Arrival Records AN 8121 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
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C-QS-5014 Etta, Red-Hot & Live — Etta James Etta James Etta, Red-Hot & Live (Album) Quicksilver Records C-QS-5014 US 1982 Sell This Version
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F-9647 Blues In The Night - Vol. 1: The Early Show — Etta James Etta James, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Etta James, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Blues In The Night - Vol. 1: The Early Show (Album) Fantasy F-9647 US 1986 Sell This Version
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FCD-9655-2 The Late Show — Etta James Etta James / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Etta James / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - The Late Show (Album) Fantasy FCD-9655-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
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A2 91018 Seven Year Itch — Etta James Etta James Seven Year Itch (Album) Island Records A2 91018 US 1988 Sell This Version
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864-2 The Gospel Soul of Etta James — Etta James Etta James The Gospel Soul of Etta James (Comp, Album) Arrival Records 864-2 USA & Canada 1990 Sell This Version
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ISLC-1251 Stickin' To My Guns — Etta James Etta James Stickin' To My Guns (Album) Island Masters, Island Masters ISLC-1251 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
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9 61347-2, 61347-2 The Right Time — Etta James Etta James The Right Time (Album) Elektra 9 61347-2, 61347-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
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01005 82125 2 Live From San Francisco — Etta James Etta James Live From San Francisco (Album) On The Spot (2) 01005 82125 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version

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Soul_Of_Shropshire

Soul_Of_Shropshire

October 31, 2022
There are tunes of Etta's I've known for a long time but others... well.. I've a lot of digging to do.

Today I came across a YT video of the 1960's "The Beat" show from Nashville (stylised as The !!!! Beat). In 3 days, I've come to love this show like no other. It's short, it's fast & it's in colour. The channel name is Rachel Cummings & there are literally dozens of great quality editions of this show. The link below is for one that Etta performs on live & it's heart-stoppingly great. It's like you're in the room, so well worth saving & playing if you have a TV that can do this. It's "The !!!! Beat (TV Program) Vol 1 # Show 2". That show led me to this record, which I'll add to my Christmas list this year for sure...

I get the feeling that you'll enjoy this every inch as I did, as it includes Joe Tex & Mittle Milton as well as some others too.
Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFf22WIFC0Y&ab_channel=RachelCummings
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hartro

hartro

July 31, 2021
I'm beginning to think Etta was one of those performers that couldn't make a bad record. She somehow was always surrounded by great musicians and great producers. Of course her own talent and strong will were essential. Not many reach the level of continued success that she did. An amazing performer, I am still filling in many gaps in knowing her work but so far no bad notes...
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Bourbonman

Bourbonman

January 20, 2012
edited over 9 years ago
Just paying my respects to Etta. Vocally she was like a cross between Janis Joplin and Marva Whitney. But she had a more broad vocal range.
Though i have discovered little of the music that Etta has done at this time, i did (and still do) bang "In the basement" when i play out amongst others. But i am careful to play most of her rawest tracks. She had a voice that could cut an anvil in half.
As of now, maybe i will mostly remember her for her porcelain doll looks with her satin white hair (more Marva Whitney similarities again)
It´s strange too to think that the man who discovered Etta, Johnny Otis, died just 3 days before her.
Rest in Peace Etta.
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