Etta James

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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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Etta James - Miss Etta James artwork dell'album Etta James Miss Etta James (Album, Comp) Crown Records (2) US 1961 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - At Last! artwork dell'album Etta James At Last! (Album, Single) Argo (6), Argo (6) Canada 1961 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - The Second Time Around artwork dell'album Etta James The Second Time Around (Album) Argo (6), Argo (6) US 1961 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Sings For Lovers artwork dell'album Etta James Sings For Lovers (Album) Argo (6), Argo (6) US 1962 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Etta James artwork dell'album Etta James Etta James (Album) Argo (6) US 1962 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Rocks The House artwork dell'album Etta James Rocks The House (Album) Argo (6) US 1963 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Queen Of Soul artwork dell'album Etta James Queen Of Soul (Album) Argo (6) US 1965 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Call My Name artwork dell'album Etta James Call My Name (Album) Cadet, Cadet US 1966 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Tell Mama artwork dell'album Etta James Tell Mama (Album) Cadet, Cadet US 1968 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Etta James Sings Funk artwork dell'album Etta James Etta James Sings Funk (Album) Cadet US 1970 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Losers Weepers artwork dell'album Etta James Losers Weepers (Album) Cadet US 1970 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Etta James artwork dell'album Etta James Etta James (Album) Chess Brazil 1973 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Come A Little Closer artwork dell'album Etta James Come A Little Closer (Album) Chess Germany 1974 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! artwork dell'album Etta James Etta Is Betta Than Evvah! (Album) Chess US 1976 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Deep In The Night artwork dell'album Etta James Deep In The Night (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1978 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Changes artwork dell'album Etta James Changes (Album) T-Electric, MCA Records US 1980 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - The Heart And Soul Of Etta James artwork dell'album Etta James The Heart And Soul Of Etta James (Album, Comp) Arrival Records Netherlands 1982 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Live artwork dell'album Etta James Live (Album) Quicksilver Records US 1982 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Blues In The Night - Volume One The Early Show artwork dell'album Etta James, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Etta James, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Blues In The Night - Volume One The Early Show (Album) Fantasy US 1986 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - The Late Show artwork dell'album Etta James / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Etta James / Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - The Late Show (Album) Fantasy Germany 1987 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Jump The Blues Away artwork dell'album Joe Walsh, Albert Collins, Etta James Joe Walsh, Albert Collins, Etta James - Jump The Blues Away (Album, Comp) NEC Avenue Japan 1988 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Seven Year Itch artwork dell'album Etta James Seven Year Itch (Album) Island Records US 1988 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Stickin' To My Guns artwork dell'album Etta James Stickin' To My Guns (Album) Island Masters, Island Masters US 1990 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - The Right Time artwork dell'album Etta James The Right Time (Album) Elektra US 1992 Vendi questa versione
Etta James - Mystery Lady: Songs Of Billie Holiday artwork dell'album Etta James Mystery Lady: Songs Of Billie Holiday (Album) Private Music Europe 1994 Vendi questa versione

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ijustspeak

20 gennaio 2012
modificato over 6 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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