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Etta James

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "Roll With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which 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. James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 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 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists. Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Hawkins, who was only 14 at the time. Her father has never been identified. James speculated that her

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Etta James -- Christina Aguilera Sings 'At Last' at Her Funeral

Etta James
Christina Aguilera Sings 'At Last' at Her Funeral

Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy and Christina Aguilera sung her classic song "At Last" ... as 300 mourners gathered at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, CA for the… READ MORE >

Beyonce on Etta James' Death -- 'This is a Huge Loss'

Beyonce on Etta James
'This is a Huge Loss'

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'At Last' Singer Etta James Dies -- Dead at 73

Etta James
Dead at 73

Legendary R&B singer Etta James -- famous for her hit songs "At Last" and "Something's Got a Hold on Me" -- has died.The singer -- whose health was on a rapid decline the last few years -- was… READ MORE >

- 825 days ago
Etta James is Terminally Ill -- Doctor Asks for Prayers

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Doctor Asks for Prayers

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- 860 days ago
Etta James -- Hospitalized with Low White Blood Cells

Etta James -- Hospitalized with Low White Blood Cells

R&B legend Etta James was rushed to the hospital last night with an extremely low white blood cell count ... TMZ has learned -- where doctors treated her for a potentially life-threatening… READ MORE >

- 1077 days ago
Etta James Diagnosed with Leukemia, Dementia

Etta James Diagnosed with Leukemia, Dementia

"At Last" singer Etta James is receiving 24-hour health care at her Southern California home after being diagnosed with leukemia and dementia -- and now her family is going to war over the bills.… READ MORE >

- 1196 days ago
Etta James to Beyoncé: I'll Whoop Your Ass!

Etta James to Beyoncé:
I'll Whoop Your Ass!

This is not a joke: 71-year-old Etta James actually threatened to beat the crap out of Beyoncé Knowles -- and it's caught all on tape!The war is all over Etta's song, "At Last " --… READ MORE >

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