Etta James

Etta James



Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind".[1] She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.[2]

James's powerful, earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.[3] Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time; she was also ranked number 62 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, but was removed from that list in the 2011 "Special Collector's Edition" update.[4][5]



At Last
"At Last" is a 1941 song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Sun Valley Serenade (1941), starring Sonja Henie and John Payne.
Blue Gardenia
Blue Gardenia is a 2001 album by Etta James, released through the record label Private Music.
Heart of a Woman
Heart of a Woman is an album by Etta James, released in June 1999 through RCA Records.
Something's Got a Hold on Me
"Something's Got a Hold on Me" is a song by American singer Etta James.

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Popular Albums70

Album Appearances & References19

Popular Songs7

Song Appearances & References14


Minor Film Appearances & References11

TV Shows1

Collaborators & Influencers28

Other Music-Related Relationships18

Awards & Nominations25


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Spotify - Albums & Singles484


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News Articles21

MAX talks new single 'Lights Down Low,' plans for 2018
  –  January 5, 2018
My list is long," he admitted. "I would have also loved to sing with Etta James." For aspiring young musicians, he said, "Everybody's story is unique, and don't fear that. The things that you may be most insecure about, are often the things that people do ...
Producer Rick Hall, 'Father of Muscle Shoals Music,' Dead at 85
  –  January 4, 2018
Etta James, Wilson Pickett and many more. To date, the studio and its publishing company have been responsible for an estimated 350 million record sales, with songs by everyone from the Beatles to George Strait. Raised by his father after his mother ...
Rick Hall, Alabama music producer of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, dies at 85
  –  January 4, 2018
Rick Hall, a music producer and recording engineer who crafted hit recordings in the Southern soul style for singers such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Wilson Pickett and Clarence Carter at his FAME recording studios in Alabama, died Jan. 2 at his home ...
Miami's Ten Most Historic Music Venues
  –  January 4, 2018
It hosted Etta James, B.B. King, and the Marx Brothers, and in 1956 Elvis Presley played 15 sold out shows at the theater. The Olympia celebrated 90 years of history in 2016. Today it is the official monthly host of the Moth, a popular storytelling event ...
Schoolgirl shocks audience with beautiful version of 'At Last'
  –  January 4, 2018
This young girl surprised the crowd at Braham High School in Minnesota with a powerful version of Etta James's classic 'At Last.'
Rick Hall, maestro of Muscle Shoals
  –  January 4, 2018
Others continued to come calling through the decades, among them Duane Allman, Etta James, Rod Stewart and the Osmonds and more recently pop-R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, alt-country group Drive-By Truckers and avant-bluegrass band the SteelDrivers ...
Editorial: The genius of a music legend
  –  January 4, 2018
Etta James and the Osmonds. Hall and the session musicians he employed became the go-to studio spot for musicians willing (or wanting) to record in a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere than the hustle of New York City, Los Angeles, Memphis and the like.
Rhythmtown-Jive and The K-Girls will bring ‘Mardi Gras MamboFest’ to The Palms
  –  January 4, 2018
The band is fronted by vocalist and bassist Tim Eschliman (founding member of the Christmas Jug Band), whose credits include stints with Etta James, Commander Cody and the Moonlighters. Tenor saxophonist Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs, saxophone and harmonica ...
Muscle Shoals Producer Rick Hall Passes
  –  January 4, 2018
HALL's production work, his FAME Studio and FAME publishing company dealt with legendary artists such as ARETHA FRANKLIN, ETTA JAMES, WILSON PICKETT and many more. FAME STUDIO and publishing catalog have generated record sales to the tune of 350 million.
Rick Hall, unlikely producer of soul sound, dead at 85
  –  January 3, 2018
The studio recorded Etta James, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, who recorded her early hits "I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You") and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" at Fame. But the sessions with Franklin ended in ...
‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ brings the blues-rock great to Van Wezel
  –  January 3, 2018
The show’s Joplin interjects the songs with stories about her life, and also showcases some of the singers who influenced her, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Odetta.
RIP Rick Hall: Producer, Engineer, and Muscle Shoals Sound Pioneer
  –  January 3, 2018
It was a way of working that made him valued by many of the 20 th century’s musical greats as he produced, co-produced, engineered and wrote hits for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Shenandoah, the Osmonds, Mac Davis ...
Rick Hall, Producer And Songwriter Who Put Muscle Shoals On The Map, Dead At 85
  –  January 3, 2018
From there, Hall began producing some of the most indelible soul and R&B recordings of the century: Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," Etta James' cover of "Tell Mama" (the original version of which was also recorded at FAME ...
Shoals music pioneer Rick Hall dies at 85
  –  January 3, 2018
At FAME Recording Studios, Hall worked with soul and rhythm and blues artists like Arthur Alexander, Jimmy Hughes, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Clarence Carter and Otis Redding. He later began working with mainstream pop artists like The ...
Rick Hall, Muscle Shoals music pioneer and founder of FAME Studios, has died, reports say
  –  January 2, 2018
He worked with artists such as Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman and Etta James, putting a small Alabama town on the map in the music world. Hall was prominently featured in the 2013 "Muscle Shoals" documentary and wrote a book ...
Rick Hall, Legendary R&B Producer at FAME Studios, Dies at 85
  –  January 2, 2018
Hall, who was born in Mississippi but grew up in northwest Alabama, produced such iconic R&B acts as Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Arthur Alexander and Etta James, among myriad others. He also worked as a music publisher and songwriter.
Legendary Producer Rick Hall 1932 – 2018
  –  January 2, 2018
Among the artists who have recorded at FAME were such legendary acts as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Gregg Allman, Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell and many others. The facility’s in-house session ...
Rick Hall, Legendary Producer at FAME Studios, Dead at 85
  –  January 2, 2018
Best known as the “Father of Muscle Shoals Music,” Hall worked with some of the most iconic R&B artists of the 1960s including Etta James, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, as well as The Rolling Stones. According to a TimesDaily report, Hall had ...
For a homeless father and his 3 kids, a trek to the Promised Land: Berkeley
  –  January 1, 2018
James Anderson was born in San Francisco’s storied Fillmore neighborhood, known as the “Harlem of the West” — a showcase for entertainers and public figures as diverse as Etta James and Malcolm X. James’ birth also coincided with an effort by the ...
Joe Bonamassa And Beth Hart Announce New Album
  –  December 30, 2017
Opener "Give It Everything You Got" is taken from Edgar Winter's 1971 album White Trash. "Damn Your Eyes" is taken from Etta James' 1988 comeback record Seven Year Itch, Kansas Joe McCoy's jazz-blues "Why Don't You Do It Right?" made its first impact on ...
Strong local ties keep Doug Hartline’s music fresh for the holidays
  –  December 29, 2017
Etta James, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, and many other blues and rock greats. He’ll be joined by percussionist Barry Urich. Singer, playwright and director Michele Grace joins keyboardist Chris Coogan at Christ & Holy Trinity Church’s Seabury Center from ...

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