Friday, January 20, 2012

Rock Queen Etta James Dies, Age 73

The Legendary Etta James died today of leukemia at age 73. Many new fans were introduced to Etta through Beyonce's portrayal of her in the movie, Cadillac Records. The music world new her as a powerhouse, groundbreaking, entertainer. Like many African American entertainers she was part of the creation of rock and roll, long before white kids had ever heard of this new form of music. Her signature song At Last, is one of the most popular crossover songs of all time. Her 1963 album, "Etta Rocks The House", was recorded at the famous New Era Club in Nashville, TN. It's one of my favorites.

The clip posted isn't her signature tune, but it's one that shows you that Etta could rock!



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