Saturday, January 21, 2012

Goodbye, Etta James

Yesterday, at the age of 73, soul great Etta James passed away. She had been suffering from leukemia for about a year and succumbed to complications from the disease.

Etta got her start at the young age of 15, after auditioning for Johnny Otis (who also passed earlier this week). She had a number of hit songs, mostly throughout the 1950s and '60s, though her most known song is probably "At Last." She recorded and performed right up until the end, released her last album, The Dreamer, late last year.

She is my favorite voice from her era and it's sad to see such a great talent go.

"All I Could Do Was Cry"

"Welcome to the Jungle"

"At Last"

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