Etta James

Etta James

Real Name:
Jamesetta Hawkins
American R&B/soul contralto vocalist (January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2012), 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 50s. She signed with Chess in 1960, recording with them until 1976. From 1965 to the mid 70s 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 Studio 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 the late 70s, 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.
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Etta James Discography


CLP 5209, 5209 Etta James Miss Etta James (Album, Comp) Crown Records (2), Crown Records (2) CLP 5209, 5209 US 1961 Sell This Version
LP 4003 Etta James At Last! (Album) Argo Records LP 4003 US 1961 Sell This Version
LP - 4011 Etta James The Second Time Around (Album) Argo Records LP - 4011 US 1961 Sell This Version
LP 4018, LP-4018 Etta James Sings For Lovers (Album) Argo Records, Argo Records LP 4018, LP-4018 US 1962 Sell This Version
LP-4013 Etta James Etta James (Album) Argo Records LP-4013 US 1962 Sell This Version
ARGO 4032 Etta James Rocks The House (Album) Argo Records ARGO 4032 US 1963 Sell This Version
LP-4040 Etta James Queen Of Soul (Album) Argo Records LP-4040 US 1965 Sell This Version
LP 4055 Etta James Call My Name (Album) Cadet Records LP 4055 US 1966 Sell This Version
LPS 802, LPS-802 Etta James Tell Mama (Album) Cadet Records, Cadet Records LPS 802, LPS-802 US 1968 Sell This Version
LPS-832 Etta James Etta James Sings Funk (Album) Cadet Records LPS-832 US 1969 Sell This Version
LPS 847 Etta James Losers Weepers (Album) Cadet Records LPS 847 US 1970 Sell This Version
CH 50042 Etta James Etta James (Album) Chess CH 50042 US 1973 Sell This Version
BLPS 19194 Etta James Come A Little Closer (Album) Chess BLPS 19194 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
ACH-19003 Etta James Etta Is Betta Than Evvah (Album) Chess ACH-19003 US 1976 Sell This Version
WB 56 492, BSK 3156 Etta James Deep In The Night (Album) Warner Bros. Records WB 56 492, BSK 3156 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
202.705 Etta James Changes (Album) T-Electric, MCA Records 202.705 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
AN 8121 Etta James The Heart And Soul Of Etta James (Album, Comp) Arrival Records AN 8121 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
F-9647 Etta James And Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Etta James And Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Blues In The Night (Album) Fantasy F-9647 US 1986 Sell This Version
F-9655 Etta James And Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Etta James And Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - The Late Show (Album) Fantasy F-9655 US 1987 Sell This Version
ILPS 9923 Etta James Seven Year Itch (Album) Island Records ILPS 9923 UK 1988 Sell This Version
841 287-1 Albert Collins, Etta James, Joe Walsh Albert Collins, Etta James, Joe Walsh - Jump The Blues Away (Album) Verve Records 841 287-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
842 926-1 Etta James Stickin' To My Guns (Album) Island Masters, Island Masters 842 926-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
QSCD 5014 Etta James Etta, Red-Hot & Live(CD, Album) Quicksilver Records QSCD 5014 US 1991 Sell This Version
9 61347-2 Etta James The Right Time (Album) Elektra 9 61347-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
01005 82114 2 Etta James Mystery Lady: Songs Of Billie Holiday (Album) Private Music 01005 82114 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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January 20, 2012
edited over 2 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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