Etta James

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television Vocals
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Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jamesetta Hawkins, 25 January 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA. James’ introduction to performing followed an impromptu audition for Johnny Otis backstage at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. ‘Roll With Me Henry’, her ‘answer’ to the Hank Ballard hit ‘Work With Me Annie’, was retitled ‘The Wallflower’ in an effort to disguise its risqué lyric and became an R&B number 1. ‘Good Rockin’ Daddy’ provided another hit, but the singer’s later releases failed to chart. Having secured a recording contract with the Chess Records group of labels, James, also known as Miss Peaches, unleashed a series of powerful songs, including ‘All I Could Do Was Cry’ (1960), probably the best ever version of ‘At Last’ (1961), ‘Trust In Me’ (1961), ‘Don’t Cry Baby’ (1961), ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’ (1962), ‘Stop The Wedding’ (1962)...

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