Friday, January 20th, 2012

Etta James, 1938-2012

Etta James, one of the greatest singers of all time, has passed away from complications from leukemia at the age of 73. She is justifiably best known for "At Last," a song any performer would make a deal with the devil to have in her repertoire, but her talents ranged from blues to gospel to R&B to standards to really anything she was interested in performing. Some favorites follow.

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boyofdestiny (#1,243)

"One Night" or GTFO

SuperMargie (#1,263)

Honest truth time: I had no idea who she was until I heard "At Last" in a car commercial 15 years ago. I ordered a CD and have become obsessed and now I am trying to collect all her records on vinyl. I hate that I wasted a good portion of my life not knowing she existed.

ComradePsmith (#4,477)

It's truly a loss. And "Seven Day Fool" should be added to this list.

curds? (#73,503)

the best: – "I'd Rather Go Blind", live, with Eddie Vinson. So, so good.

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