Ep. 5 Etta James

  • Birth Name: Jamesetta Hawkins
  • Born: January 25, 1938
  • Died: January 20, 2012
  • Genre/Musical Styles: Jazz, R&B, Rock, Soul, Gospel
  • Latest Release: 2011 - 'The Dreamer'

Etta James started singing in her church choir at age 5. She was discovered by Johnny Otis at age 12 and quickly moved to San Francisco to start the trio 'The Peaches'. At age 17 she began her solo career and with it timeless hits such as 'At Last', 'I'd Rather Go Blind', 'Something's Got A Hold On Me', and 'A Sunday Kind Of Love.'  A career spanning over 60 years and 6 Grammy awards however, didn't come without its ups and downs. Etta struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as countless abusive relationships throughout her career. She always responded stronger then ever though and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.  She finally won her first Grammy in 1995 and two more in the early 2000's.  At the time of her death, Rolling Stone Magazine labeled Etta James number 22 of the greatest singers of all time. 

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