Friday, January 20, 2012

Etta James dies at age 73

The Associated Press has reported that legendary blues/R&B singer Etta James has died from leukemia. 
James got her start in the early 1950s with bandleader Johnny Otis and recorded a a string of hits in the late 1950s and '60s including "Trust In Me," ''Something's Got a Hold On Me," ''Sunday Kind of Love," ''All I Could Do Was Cry," and of course, her trademark jazz-inflected love song "At Last." 
James, born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, overcame a two-decade drug problem and continued to record until recently. She won six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1993, James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001 she was inducted by both the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame. She also is immortalized in Hollywood with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
James was 73.
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