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Etta -- "At Last" She's Been Exposed as Hypocrite

2/5/2009 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If Etta James thinks she should beat down Beyonce for covering "her song," then by her own logic, Etta has a couple of ass-kickings coming her way too -- 'cause Etta's version of "At Last" was a cover too!

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Etta went on stage in Seattle last week and told the crowd she's gonna lay the smack down on B for "singin' my song" at Obama's Inauguration Ball. But not only did the 71-year-old not write the song, she wasn't even the first -- or second -- to record it!

Glenn Miller did it first in 1942, followed by Nat King Cole in 1957. Etta got around to recording it in 1961. In fact, Glenn's version ranked higher on the Billboard Pop Singles chart than Etta's ever did.

FYI -- neither Miller nor Cole ever threatened to beat Etta's ass -- although it's about time someone knocks some sense into that lady.

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Please, this is a perfect example of an old broad hating on a new much younger starlet. Etta has been talking sideways about Beyonce since Beyonce portrayed her in Cadillac Records. Which I could not understand because Beyonce did that old cow justice by even considering playing her life story. Most of these young people do not know nor care about who the heck Etta James is and she just showed how ignorant and bitter she is by making those disparaging comments about Beyonce and the fact that Barack did not ask her to perform a song she did not even write nor was she even the origianl singer of. She was just the only female cover of the song until Bey did it for the movie and quite frankly Bey did it better. Last but not least why would Barack and his wife want an ex druggie alcoholic singing them the song for their fist dance anyway???? GO SOMEWHERE AND KICK ROCKS ETTA!!!!!

2070 days ago


That's an overated song anyway. If I have to hear it at one more wedding, I will puke. It ranks right up there with the freakin' chicken dance.

2088 days ago


No disrespect but from all accounts Etta is one brick short of a load. She seems to have a "Nasty, I'll cut you" streak about her". When the story first broke, I could understand as a iconic figure that one (Beyonce) probably should have gotten approval for singing "her" song at the inaugeration but the more info I read, hell it was not even an Etta original. Having said that, Etta, don't hate. People still love you, you are still one of the very best singers that ever did it but you're not the only one with talent. Yes, there are some younger and some older with talent as well. You "big up'd" Beyonce when she did the movie about you, why not "big up" her for singing a remake of a remake of a remake of "your" song .... LOL ..... instead of threatening to beat a chick, praise her for being a fierce young black women who got the opportunity to sing for the first black president of the USA. Just as you will go down in history as one of the best that ever did it, let her have that moment as well ...... really, it's not that serious ..... !!!! Relax .....

2088 days ago


Etta James = Legend
Beyonce Knowles = 1/2 white no-talent

People need to get it right...

2088 days ago

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    

Leave ETTA ALONE , you no talent hacks ! She is a GREAT ARTIST , unlike, BEYONDka, who is a pretty girl but she can't dance and she can't sing, SORRY ! If i was Etta I'd be pissed too!

2088 days ago

Jennifa O Jenny    

Etta is a complete moron - the song she helped make famous is now part of american history. No longer just a song that was a chart topper back in the day - but the song the first black president of the USA danced to re: his first dance with his wife as president. Etta is a loser.

#3 poster - buckshot: Just because she had a hit 48 years ago doesn't make her a legend. It takes more then being a one hit wonder to be a legend. Don't get it twisted.

2088 days ago


Since Glenn Miller died 20-years before Ms. James recorded her version, it would have been difficult for him to have complained about anything. Everyone recognizes Ms. James' version of "At Last" to be the definitive one. However, you missed the best part: when addressing the crowd in Seattle, Ms. James referred to Obama as "...your big-eared president"! Not only does she have talent, she has taste.

2088 days ago


Etta may not have been the original singer of At Last, but she's the most well known vocalist of that song. It's her signature song. I don't think she should have disrepected the Prez. But, At Last will forever be known as Etta's signature song.

2088 days ago


That is not the point. She did the version everyone knows and she made it great. Just like Billie Holliday did Stormy weather, but Lena Horne made it famous. It IS Etta's song.

2088 days ago


tmz, this is why children should keep their mouths closed and pencils down. You are a child as proven here by your attempt to make a point about something YOU know NOTHING about. The song became "the song" after Ms. James laid it down on vinyl. Yes the song was recorded by other greats but the song did not become "the song" until she did it. The Christmas Song done by anyone other than Nat Cole is just a song. It's bad enough you don't have the ability to recognize talent yet you attempt to write about it. tmz, you need to either get some of these "kids" off the staff or employ some who do know what the he$$ they are talking about. I visit this site less and less, it's too young, too stupid and inaccurate.

2088 days ago


Etta be cool with your old you know you have one foot in and one foot out the grave yard sooo be nice and sweet before you leave this earth.

2088 days ago


Beyonce keep your head up girl!!! Haters are always putting down the best and that you are!! Etta wishes she had the fame, success, and class you possess. She disrespected not only you, but our president, and it just shows the class she lacks.

2088 days ago


The point is, if Etta can take a song and make it her own, why can't Beyonce (even though Beyonce wasn't trying to do that).

2088 days ago


Look, this is exactly the same as when Cher redid "The Shoop Shoop Song" and some old singer comes out of the woodwork to complain about it. Look Etta, your version was great, but the fact remains, you didn't write it, you weren't the first to record it, and your voice is an octive lower than it was when you were young so you sure as hell can't sing it the same way anymore, give it a rest.

2088 days ago


Hell! I thought that was a man on the recording. That was Ella? She must have a sore throat or something(I hope so).
I no big Bey fan she overrated and overexposed. But wrong is wrong If Barack and Michelle wanted Ella they would have asked for Ella. Bey I think had no intentions on trying to overdue or take anything away from Ella, personally I perfer Ella's version. This reminds me of the whole Tina Turner/Aretha Franklin fiasco..Ella wasn't the first to record this so she took someone else' s place what if they said the same thing about her. If Glenn Miller said the same thing to Ella they would have said it was a race thing.(as the race card)

2088 days ago
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