- Name: Etta James
- Born: 01/25/1938
- Died: 01/20/2012 (73 years old)
- Occupation: Singer
Jamesetta Hawkins, best known as Etta James (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”. 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.
Birth Name: Jamesetta Hawkins
Alias: Jamesetta Hawkins
Genre: Blues, R&B, soul, gospel, jazz, rock and roll
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Death Place: Riverside, California, U.S.
Etta James quotes :
Johnny Guitar... just one of my favorite singers of all time. I met him when we were both on the road with Johnny Otis in the '50s when I was a teenager. We traveled the country in a car together.I would hear him sing every night.Etta James
Jazz took too much discipline. You have to come in at the right place, which is different than me singing the blues, where I can sing, 'Oh, baby,' if there's a pause in the melody. With jazz, you better leave that space open, or put in something real cool.Etta James
Long as I was riding in a big Cadillac and dressed nice and had plenty of food, that's all I cared about.Etta James
You can't fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, in the need, that's got nothing to do with it. It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.Etta James