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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!

Etta James
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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76.

theone2be    

I think Miss James should be thankful. Beyonce worked hard and invested A LOT of money to portray her in a movie that introduced young viewers (some who had no clue who she was) to Etta. Her slighted words about our president should be an eye opener as well. And as far as B's supposed "diss" against Aretha last year... I'd like to see her get her fat ass up on stage and do what Tina and Beyonce did at that awards show!

1984 days ago
77.

What a bunch of BIGOTS!!    

Ms James has every rightt to complain. TMZ being the Bittches that they are defended current musicians when they didn't want McCain playing their songs(which btw some of them were not the originators either.) Now that it is someone that has a Problem with their HERO Obama(whom TMZ is always sniffing his jock mind you),TtMZ attacks Ms. JAMES... TMZ is some extremelyy childish little bitttches and veryy bigotted too. PEOPLE do not have tto be SSHEEP like you guys,well until yourr Prresidents decidess to take all our rights away. Already with MS. JAMES, apparenty her freedom of speech has been taken.Tthen again anyone that doesn't bow down getts attacked byy the MEDIA and most of his raving lunattic henchmen -especially in TMZ forrums. BIG EARED PrEZ LOL GOOD ONE ETTA.

1984 days ago
78.

Toy    

WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE EVIL ETTA A HUG!!! SHE AND JESSIE JACKSON SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND REMEMBER THE OLD DAYS WHEN THEY WERE THE HEAD WAITRESS AND WAITER AT THE LORDS LAST SUPPER!!! SHE'S ONLY GETTING ANY PUBLICITY NOW BECAUSE OF BEYONCE. MS JAMES YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR ACTING SO UGLY. PERHAPS YOU WERE ANGERED WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR NOT ASKING YOU TO SING IT. OR PERHAPS YOU ARE JUST AN EVIL, MEAN, HAS BEEN. WHATEVER THE CASE. SHUT UP, SIT DOWN AND KNIT SOMETHING. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE PRESIDENT OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY, WHO IS YOUR PRESIDENT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, I HEAR CANADA IS ACCEPTING IDIOTS, AND YOU MOMMY DEAREST ARE FREE TO GO!!!

1984 days ago
79.

Veronica    

LOL for all of you Obama supporters: what do you have to say about his disastrous stimulus plan and Daschles nomination? I don't believe El Messiah Obama will be re-elected in 4 years!

1984 days ago
80.

pj    

At Last" is a 1941 song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Orchestra Wives, starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. It was first performed in the film and on record by Glenn Miller and his orchestra, vocal by Ray Eberle and Pat Friday. The song was a major hit for Miller, reaching number 14 on the Billboard pop charts in 1942, and it soon became a standard. Nat King Cole recorded it in 1957 on his number one album Love Is the Thing. In 1960, it was covered by blues singer Etta James in a performance that improvised on Warren's melody. James was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 for her rendition of the song.[1]
HOW DOES SHE THINK IS HER SONG DOPE

1984 days ago
81.

TexMix    

Amen. Amen. Amen Edumacated.

1984 days ago
82.

yadaYadayada    

Etta's mom was 14 when she had her. Many people have covered "At Last." It's time the old lady just shut up and appreciate other artists covering the song.

1984 days ago
83.

Sir Nigel Buttercrumpet    

EVERY TIME THESE LOSERS GET INTO HOT WATER OVER THEIR RUDE REMARKS THEY ALWAYS USE THE OLD
"I WAS JUST KIDDING" EXCUSE. SHE'LL NEVER SEE THE DAY WHEN SHE HAS AS MUCH CLASS AS OBAMA!

1984 days ago
84.

pennyborne    

There is a difference, and room to complain. When Etta James recorded At Last, Glenn Miller had long been died, as he was reported as missing around 1940. As for Nat King Cole, when she recorded the song, he was very ill with long cancer. He finally died in 1965. Her recording therefore could be considered a tribute record.

When individuals struggle to develop a career, it is only honorable to expect them to continue to support and defend that career regardless of their age. We need to stop trying to get younger/newer versions of everything! Classics are classics for a reason.


1984 days ago
85.

Malendia    

103. LOL for all of you Obama supporters: what do you have to say about his disastrous stimulus plan and Daschles nomination? I don't believe El Messiah Obama will be re-elected in 4 years!

Posted at 5:35PM on Feb 5th 2009 by No HE couldn't

number one republicans are being big bitches and want to put their played out and destructive in puts about what they want the stimulus plan. Number 2 Daschle stepped down after acknowledging his problem. Obama had made it clear it was a mistake and he takes the heat for it. None can be said about Bush and his ENORMOUS mistakes, but refused to take responsibility. Another sore republican supporter.

1984 days ago
86.

Free    

Although Etta James did not write the song and it was recorded several times before she recorded it, the song is synonymous with her and has been for years. Also, it was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago, around the same year President Obama was born. Additionally, as I recall, when Beyonce was introduced, just prior to beginning the song at the Neighborhood Ball, Etta James' name was mentioned. Therefore, I feel that Ms. James should have been asked to perform it or possibly asked to perform along with Beyonce or at minimum, given a "heads up" that Beyonce was singing her version of the song for President and Mrs. Obama's first dance after the inauguration. After all, Etta James is still performing, has a Chicago connection, and has been singing that song for a very long time. She is a great talent and I am sorry that she apparently feels slighted. I also feel President Obama's staff should have made an attempt to either include or inform her, which does not appear to be the case. I love her and will continue to play her version of the song.

1984 days ago
87.

kb    

I understand why Etta is so mad because Beyonce is getting credit for singing a song from a role in a movie she played in. They should of just sang the song together and there would not have been a problem. Also I think Beyonce is so over rated.

1984 days ago
88.

What?    

103. LOL for all of you Obama supporters: what do you have to say about his disastrous stimulus plan and Daschles nomination? I don't believe El Messiah Obama will be re-elected in 4 years!


LOL what about someone talking about a stimulus plan when the subject is music.

1984 days ago
89.

ALT    

ETTA...get over it...... YOUR AN OLD HASBBEN.......

1984 days ago
90.

Dana    

Beyonce is such a sweet woman. Everybody that has met her has said so from celebrities to fans. The only thing Beyonce has done is honor this woman, and she has said many glowing things about Etta. Beyonce helped produced Cadillac Records, which told Etta's story. Etta told Beyonce at the premiere that she loved Beyonce from the first time that she heard her. Now, for Etta to be so backstabbing and mean-spirited, towards the President and Beyonce just shows me this woman lacks all kind of class.I know that the song wasn't even her's originally awhile back, and for her to be acting in this manner is ridiculous. I just have lost all respect for Etta.

1984 days ago
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