R.I.P. Etta James – Dead at 73

Bluesy with a whole lotta soul is how we would describe the powerful vocals of Etta James, who died today, Friday, January 20, 2012 at Riverside Community Hospital in California from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manager, Lupe De Leon said. Etta was known as much for her powerful voice as her fiery temper as portrayed by Beyonce in Cadillac Records. She will forever be known for “At Last,” a lush ode to a long desired love in which she boldly proclaims to her man “you are mine!” We know that’s right! Weddings will never be the same. Rest in peace sister.  Job well done.

Here are a few of our favorite Etta James’ tunes:

Etta James – At Last (on the Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack)

Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind

Etta James – My Funny Valentine (sampled by Kanye West on “Addiction” from the Late Registration album)
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Etta James – Something’s Got a Hold of Me (sampled by Common on “Thisisme” from the Resurrection album)
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