Etta James

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Legendary R&B singer Etta James got her start at age 15 in The Peaches, a girl group whose No. 1 hit, “The Wallflower,” won them an opening spot on Little Richard’s national tour. ∙ James’ solo album At Last! was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, due in large part to its title track, which has become as an undisputed soundtrack for love. ∙ She turned “I’d Rather Go Blind” into a blues standard that’s been covered by such artists as B.B. King, Rod Stewart, and Dua Lipa. ∙ Her 1968 comeback single, “Tell Mama,” was one her biggest hits, inspiring the vocal style of Janis Joplin, who covered it in her live shows. ∙ Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards lists her 1978 single “Sugar on the Floor” as one of his eight “desert island discs.” ∙ After portraying James in the film Cadillac Records, Beyoncé went on to perform her signature song, “At Last,” for Barack and Michelle Obama during the 2009 inaugural ball. ∙ Her 1962 song “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” found new life almost 50 years after its release, when it was sampled in two smash hits: Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” and Avicii’s “Levels.” ∙ She’s ranked at #22 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. ∙ She was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
January 25, 1938

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