Rest in Peace to Legendary Etta James

Friday, January 20, 2012

Etta James born  January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including bluesrhythm and bluesrock and rollsoulgospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as "Dance With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she claimed 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, The Seven Year Itch

She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty-two on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number sixty-two on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.

One of our favorite song
I'd Rather go blind by Etta James

Story from Chicago Tribune
 Singer Etta James has died at the age of 73, her longtime manager and friend, Lupe De Leon, confirms.

James spent two weeks in the hospital earlier this month, battling the final stages of terminal leukemia.

She also suffered from kidney disease and dementia.

James had been in declining health for several years, and was hospitalized multiple times.

She has two sons, Donto and Sametto James, who have been locked in a legal battle with her husband, Artis Mills, over who makes decisions for her.

Last month, a judge approved an agreement in which Mills was named James' conservator, but had to equally share "end of life" decisions with her sons.

Mills was also limited in how much of James' estate he could spend, and he could not "encumber" her music catalog.

James, a key figure in the early days of R&B music, has won three Grammy Awards.

She is best known for her 1961 hit "At Last."

Her final album, "The Dreamer," was released in November 201

No comments:

Post a Comment

CopyRight © | Theme Designed By Hello Manhattan