The one and only Etta James. It is sad to think we have just only recently lost Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins) on January 20, 2012. She was born January 25, 1938 and she died five days before her birthday on which she would have been 74 years old. James was known as an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, jazz, R&B, soul, rock and gospel. Whenever anyone thinks of the jazz classic “At Last” they think of Etta James. Etta’s version as compared to versions by other jazz singers, belonged to her.
James was married to her husband Artis Mills, whom she married in 1969. They had two sons, Donto and Sametto. Both started performing with their mother — Donto played drums at Montreux in 1993, and Sametto played bass guitar circa 2003 with his mom. Etta James battled with Heroin addiction for years and her husband Mr. Mills served a 10-year prison sentence for heroin possession.
From 1989, James received over 30 awards and recognitions from eight different organizations, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which organizes the Grammys.
Now perhaps more trendy than ever Etta James is a “cult hero” with producers and remixers waiting in line to remix her legendary sound and style. We continue to hear her though samples in rap, hip hop, electronic and pop music of today. Her legacy lives on through blues and jazz singers in clubs worldwide honoring her sound. Here she is singing “At Last” as only she could. And the second video is of a young Etta James singing “Got A Hold On Me.”
At Last (live) [VIDEO] – Etta James
Somethings Got A Hold On Me (Live) [VIDEO] – Etta James
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Available now for download on iTunes Blue Skies (Vol. 2). A smooth blend of classic jazz with new remixes that will get your party started right. This FREE DOWNLOAD is a continuation of Blue Skies (Vol. 1) which is also available on iTunes Podcasts. Play them back to back for a solid 3 hours of jazz classics and remixes of all different kinds of styles including some rare remixes. GREAT for a cocktail party or just chilling at home. These were made available to several restaurants / bars locally here in Harlem (including Harlem Food Bar earlier last month) but now you can download them both for your enjoyment. (Any other restaurants/bars that are interested in advanced future podcasts, please contact us at HarlemCondoLife@gmail.com HarlemCondoLife.com.)
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