NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Etta James' performance of the enduring classic "At Last" was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait.
In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde's first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents.
The 73-year-old died on Friday at Riverside Community Hospital from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manager, Lupe De Leon said.
"It's a tremendous loss for her fans around the world," he said. "She'll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category."
James' spirit could not be contained — perhaps that's what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock 'n' roll's underrated legends.
"The bad girls ... had the look that I liked," she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, "Rage to Survive." ''I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be."
"Etta James was a pioneer. Her ever-changing sound has influenced rock and roll, rhythm and blues, pop, soul and jazz artists, marking her place as one of the most important female artists of our time," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Terry Stewart. "From Janis Joplin to Joss Stone, an incredible number of performers owe their debts to her. There is no mistaking the voice of Etta James, and it will live forever."
Despite the reputation she cultivated, she would always be remembered best for "At Last." The jazz-inflected rendition wasn't the original, but it would become the most famous and the song that would define her as a legendary singer. Over the decades, brides used it as their song down the aisle and car companies to hawk their wares, and it filtered from one generation to the next through its inclusion in movies like "American Pie." Perhaps most famously, President Obama and the first lady danced to a version at his inauguration ball.
The tender, sweet song belied the turmoil in her personal life. James — born Jamesetta Hawkins — was born in Los Angeles to a mother whom she described as a scam artist, a substance abuser and a fleeting presence during her youth. She never knew her father, although she was told and had believed, that he was the famous billiards player Minnesota Fats. He neither confirmed nor denied it: when they met, he simply told her: "I don't remember everything. I wish I did, but I don't."
She was raised by Lula and Jesse Rogers, who owned the rooming house where her mother once lived in. The pair brought up James in the Christian faith, and as a young girl, her voice stood out in the church choir. James landed the solos in the choir and became so well known, she said that Hollywood stars would come to see her perform.
But she wouldn't stay a gospel singer for long. Rhythm and blues lured her away from the church, and she found herself drawn to the grittiness of the music.
"My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer, but I always wanted to be raunchy," she recalled in her book.
She was doing just that when bandleader Johnny Otis found her singing on San Francisco street corners with some girlfriends in the early 1950s. Otis, a legend in his own right, died on Tuesday.
"At the time, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters had a hit with 'Work With Me, Annie,' and we decided to do an answer. We didn't think we would get in show business, we were just running around making up answers to songs," James told The Associated Press in 1987.
And so they replied with the song, "Roll With Me, Henry."
When Otis heard it, he told James to get her mother's permission to accompany him to Los Angeles to make a recording. Instead, the 15-year-old singer forged her mother's name on a note claiming she was 18.
"At that time, you weren't allowed to say 'roll' because it was considered vulgar. So when Georgia Gibbs did her version, she renamed it 'Dance With Me, Henry' and it went to No. 1 on the pop charts," the singer recalled. The Gibbs song was one of several in the early rock era when white singers got hits by covering songs by black artists, often with sanitized lyrics.
After her 1955 debut, James toured with Otis' revue, sometimes earning only $10 a night. In 1959, she signed with Chicago's legendary Chess label, began cranking out the hits and going on tours with performers such as Bobby Vinton, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Everly Brothers.
"We would travel on four buses to all the big auditoriums. And we had a lot of fun," she recalled in 1987.
James recorded a string of hits in the late 1950s and '60s including "Trust In Me," ''Something's Got a Hold On Me," ''Sunday Kind of Love," ''All I Could Do Was Cry," and of course, "At Last."
"(Chess Records founder) Leonard Chess was the most aware of anyone. He went up and down the halls of Chess announcing, 'Etta's crossed over! Etta's crossed over!' I still didn't know exactly what that meant, except that maybe more white people were listening to me. The Chess brothers kept saying how I was their first soul singer, that I was taking their label out of the old Delta blues, out of rock and into the modern era. Soul was the new direction," she wrote in her autobiography. "But in my mind, I was singing old style, not new."
In 1967, she cut one of the most highly regarded soul albums of all time, "Tell Mama," an earthy fusion of rock and gospel music featuring blistering horn arrangements, funky rhythms and a churchy chorus. A song from the album, "Security," was a top 40 single in 1968.
Her professional success, however, was balanced against personal demons, namely a drug addiction.
"I was trying to be cool," she told the AP in 1995, explaining what had led her to try heroin.
"I hung out in Harlem and saw Miles Davis and all the jazz cats," she continued. "At one time, my heavy role models were all druggies. Billie Holiday sang so groovy. Is that because she's on drugs? It was in my mind as a young person. I probably thought I was a young Billie Holiday, doing whatever came with that."
She was addicted to the drug for years, beginning in 1960, and it led to a harrowing existence that included time behind bars. It sapped her singing abilities and her money, eventually, almost destroying her career.
It would take her at least two decades to beat her drug problem. Her husband, Artis Mills, even went to prison for years, taking full responsibility for drugs during an arrest even though James was culpable.
"My management was suffering. My career was in the toilet. People tried to help, but I was hell-bent on getting high," she wrote of her drug habit in 1980.
She finally quit the habit and managed herself for a while, calling up small clubs and asking them, "Have you ever heard of Etta James?" in order to get gigs. Eventually, she got regular bookings — even drawing Elizabeth Taylor as an audience member. In 1984, she was tapped to sing the national anthem at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and her career got the resurgent boost it needed, though she fought addiction again when she got hooked on painkillers in the late 1980s.
Drug addiction wasn't her only problem. She struggled with her weight, and often performed from a wheelchair as she got older and heavier. In the early 2000s, she had weight-loss surgery and shed some 200 pounds.
James performed well into her senior years, and it was "At Last" that kept bringing her the biggest ovations. The song was a perennial that never aged, and on Jan. 20, 2009, as crowds celebrated that — at last — an African-American had become president of the United States, the song played as the first couple danced.
But it was superstar Beyonce who serenaded the Obamas, not the legendary singer. Beyonce had portrayed James in "Cadillac Records," a big-screen retelling of Chess Records' heyday, and had started to claim "At Last" as her own.
An audio clip surfaced of James at a concert shortly after the inauguration, saying she couldn't stand the younger singer and that Beyonce had "no business singing my song." But she told the New York Daily News later that she was joking, even though she had been hurt that she did not get the chance to participate in the inauguration.
Upon hearing of her death, Beyonce released a statement on her website that read: "This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed."
James did get her accolades over the years. She was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1993, captured a Grammy in 2003 for best contemporary blues album for "Let's Roll," one in 2004 for best traditional blues album for "Blues to the Bone" and one for best jazz vocal performance for 1994's "Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday." She was also awarded a special Grammy in 2003 for lifetime achievement and got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Her health went into decline, however, and by 2011, she was being cared for at home by a personal doctor.
She suffered from dementia, kidney problems and leukemia. Her husband and her two sons fought over control of her $1 million estate, though a deal was later struck keeping Mills as the conservator and capping the singer's expenses at $350,000. In December 2011, her physician announced that her leukemia was terminal, and asked for prayers for the singer.
In October 2011, it was announced that James was retiring from recording, and a final studio recording, "The Dreamer," was released, featuring the singer taking on classic songs, from Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Dreamer" to Guns N' Roses "Welcome To the Jungle" — still rocking, and a fitting end to her storied career.
SHE WAS THE VERY BEST SINGER OF ALL TIME, NO ONE CAN EVER WEAR HERE SHOES OR SHINE AS BRIGHT. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE. TIYARI MUNOZ
Posted by TIYARI MMUNOZ - ROME, GA - SPIRITUALLY November 17, 2012
I am Loyal Fan of U and your music. Rest in Peace Etta James. GOD have receive U with open arm to wrap his wonderful Love around you. You are miss throughout this nation, across this land, and the surrounding open oceans and seas. God bless your immediate Family at this time of mourning.
Posted by Merdes Bryant - A Devoted Fan February 12, 2012
Rest in peace Mrs. Etta James. I made love to At Last so many times with my Husband Larry of 30 years. We made love so many times off of your record that one night he whispered in my ear "OH ETTA BABY" I paused and thought that is one hell of a compliment.Knowing how sexy and alluring that you are. I said thank you baby. You will be dearly missed by all. Gone but never forgotten. Thank you Mrs. Etta James for allowing us into your sensous world God Bless you and your Family.
Posted by Annette Peters - lifelong fan February 11, 2012
ETTA JAMES & THE ROOTS BAND BRING SOUL TO THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL|Hollywood Bowl Presented by LA Phil - 13 August 2008 - Thanks for a wonderful, memorable concert that beautiful, beautiful night, Etta and Solomon!
Posted by Sheri stoll - Los Angeles, CA - a thankful fan February 09, 2012
IN THE EARLY 60'S I WENT TO A PIANO BAR IN SAN FRANCISCO AND MET HER.
Posted by Margaret King - ADMIRERER February 08, 2012
I have always loved the blues and no one could sing it likw she couls. At Last is one of my favorite songs. God bless her and At Last she found peace. She willl be missed,
Posted by Linda Kent - fan February 07, 2012
You will always be remembered by your fans and your #1 Song "AT LAST" will help us keep your legacy alive.
Posted by Lisa Moorman - Fan February 07, 2012
A SPECIAL LADY THANK YOU ETTA JAMES FOR ALL OF THE PRECIOUS AND GRATE SONGS MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Posted by SOPHIA CURRY - los angeles ca, CA - friend February 01, 2012
Ms Etta James you are truly a legend, a beautiful spirit and you will missed. Our prayers are with you and for you and your family during this time of bereavement.
Posted by Jacqueline B - friend February 01, 2012
Ms James may you rest in peace. Now you can sing with the angels in heaven. You have touched and moved many with your wonderful musical talents, may God hold you in his arms forever as we have held you in our hearts. K.E.Marsh
Posted by Karen Marsh - Fan February 01, 2012
My you enter His Gates with Thanksgiving for the wonderfull bessings you were allowed to share wit us in song... Rest my sister rest... "At Last"
Posted by Tersa Hairston - Fan February 01, 2012
God now has you exclusively to HIMSELF. Thank you precious for all the wonderful gifts you provided while on your journey here on earth. You are so loved and so remembered for your personality and your majestic voice. For all you gave Ms. Etta James, we say thank you our sister, and we'll see you on the other side.
Posted by Michael R. Hardy - A Fan January 31, 2012
etta james has touched many hearts and i am so grateful that i had the priveledge to be touched by your music.it touches my soul and will forever be a blessing to me.in that way you live on in all of us thank you etta for a life well lived
Posted by jesse murray - a friend and a fan January 31, 2012
Ms Etta James,you will be sadly missed...You legacy will continue to move one...Rest In peace!!!! Stephanie L....
Posted by Stephanie Lynch - Fan January 31, 2012
TO MS. ETTA JAMES OH YES WE WILL MISS YOU INDEED AND WE ALL LOVED YOU SO MUCH BUT, IT IS GOD THAT LOVES YOU MORE AND HE SAID THAT IT WAS TIME FOR YOU TO COME ON HOME NOW BECAUSE YOU HAD SUFFERED ENOUGH AND THAT YOU DID A JOB WELL DONE AND YOU DID BUT, FOR NOW AND FORVER REST IN PEACE WITH THE LORD '' AT LAST '' GONE NOW BUT, NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN. MAY GOD GIVE THE FAMILY THE STRENGTH TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS TIME OF SADNESS GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Posted by WILLIE E. LOGGINS JR. January 31, 2012
I will never forget the soul you put into your singing and the way it made people feel. You are the lady.
Posted by Martha Bishop - Fan January 30, 2012
So sad to hear the news of Etta James' passing….She is a legend whom will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace Miss Etta.
And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. - Revelations 21:4
Posted by Jennifer January 30, 2012
RIP ETTA JAMES YOU WAS A STAR WILL ALWAYS PLAY YOUR MUSIC.YOU ARE WITH GOD (AT LAST)
DJ BIGPOPPA GAITHERBURG MD.
Posted by RICHARD JONES SR - GAITHERBURG, MD - A FAN January 30, 2012
I love you music. And so aware you spirit. I regret I didn't get to see you perform live. But I will continue to keep your cd of gospel tunes at arm reach in my car and all the others a click away.
Thank you and may your rest be blessed and peaceful.
Posted by L Walls January 30, 2012
A voice that could reach down into the deepest abyss and crack the very core of the world ,shaking us all with your soul, you will be missed. I will never forget you and make sure that my children and my grandchildren know the mark that you left in this world. Rest in peace Miss Etta.
Posted by Latrice Woodlard - TN January 30, 2012
I loved all of her music it got me through the worst. But I rather go blind and church bells really touch my heart she will be missed.
Posted by yatasha mcneil - fan January 30, 2012
RIP Etta,I personally did not know your music until I saw Cadilac Records,featuring my home girl Beyonce,who I love and adore.I know there was some controversy surrounding her singing At Last,at our President,Barack Obama's 1st...Inagural Ball.I know she did it to honor him and your incredible song.
Posted by Lily F January 30, 2012
A beautiful women, with a beautiful talent that God blessed us with for a time. She will be greatly missed. Thank you Etta and rest in the arms of our Lord.
Posted by Mssroy January 29, 2012
I saw Etta for the first time 3 years ago. The girl gave an excellent show . She sang At Last for an oncore. Despite entering the stage on a motorized wheel chair, she still put out. I luv you Etta and always will.
Posted by Melvin Howard - chicago, IL January 29, 2012
ETTA WAS ONE OF MY MOST FAV SINGERS.SHE WELL MISS HER DEARLY.... GOD BLISS TO ALL.
Posted by angie - BIG FAN January 29, 2012
What great memories I have of your music. I went to see you, along with John Lee Hooker in the Bay area about 10 years ago. Both of you were great. I will miss you, but your music will live within me forever! You will be missed.
Posted by Paula Sam - fan January 29, 2012
Thanks for touching the heart f my soul...........You have be admored by me and I will forever remember you songs that touched my life...At Last and a Sunday Kind of Love..RIP and Thank You
Posted by p.king - An admired fan January 29, 2012
My father always talked of her when i was a kid. To be honest not tilltill after i married and was getting divorced in my early 20' s did i by a greatest hits cd. Wow i was now able to get through my hard times . Later i went on to see her at the mountian winery in saratoga,ca forst time she had to sit and sing, the second she she had lost weight and danced around
I feel very fortunate that i was able to see
Her and not just listen ob a greatest hits album.
Posted by stephanie j. g. - admirer January 29, 2012
Loved your music all of my life. Used to go see you when you performed in Albany, Ca @ Earl's on Solano Ave.
Posted by sadie v - fan January 29, 2012
she will truly be missed, i really liked the song tell mama and at last but my favorite was all i could do was cry it brought back memories of an old boyfriend,my mom new her went to school with her siad she was a fiesty little thing
Posted by linda rowe - fan January 29, 2012
To Etta James one of the Greatest & finest female vocalist of all times. "at Last" is one of the songs I grew up to and listened to over and over in my teen years. It made me cry but at the same time I could relate to the lyrics and emotions it expressed!! It was an honor to have the privilege to have known your music. You are in heaven now living with the king Jesus Christ. you are blessed!!!
Posted by Linda Beltran - Fan January 29, 2012
"TELL MAMA" a song by Etta James was played in the 60's at the football games every time the team would make a touch down.
MANUAL ARTS SR HIGH SCHOOL, L.A.,CA.
Posted by A Quinn Hopper - LOS ANGELES , CA - a fan January 29, 2012
You are at peace now, Miss James, and for that I am glad. Still, it's sad to know you are gone from those who loved and respected you and your way with a song.I was born (1938) and grew up on the Canadian prairies and learned, by listenning to CKCK AM radio, Regina, Saskatchewan, to love the blues and you, jazz and Ella,among others. I can relate to tough times and when I heard the pain in that great voice when you sang the sad songs it was authentic and touched me deeply. It was a blessing.
Posted by Iona McMillan - Vancouver, WA - Canadian prairie fan January 29, 2012
Etta James , u made our days brighter . the kids from the house of the raising sun.
Posted by sincerely chata - spangle, WA - great fan January 29, 2012
This lady has been one of my favorites as a young girl. I loved the songs, "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "At Last." A voice quietened much too soon. R.I.P.
Posted by Ruth - Fan January 29, 2012
Great singer, great person. Love your music..especially At Last my favorite.
Posted by Lillian A. Collins "Lit" - friend January 29, 2012
I can't remember exactly as to when I first saw Etta James, but what I do know is when she sung "At Last" I knew right then and there I'd be a fan for life and that I would never ever for get her. I love her so much and she will be deeply missed.
Posted by YolandaLewis - FAN January 29, 2012
Your music truly inspired me even before I knew what AT LAST meant. Thank You
Posted by Karen Davis - Cincinnati, OH - fan January 28, 2012
Your authentic voice will live forever as a legacy to the world. You are with the Father, now, no longer in pain.
Posted by Mary M. Smith - Fan January 28, 2012
Loved your music Etta! You will always be remembered for the joy you brought to others through the years. RIP
With my Deepest Sympathy
Posted by Michele Grieco - Etta James music lover January 28, 2012
Your music will always continue to lift the spirits of many and express the feelings of so many hearts.Rest in Peace,"At Last".
Posted by Telma Davis January 28, 2012
My heartfelt sympathy is with the family and loved ones. She left a beautiful musical legacy that will never be forgotten.
"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord".
Posted by Barbara Long - fan January 28, 2012
my daughter sang at last for her audition for britains got talent i just hope she gets through xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Posted by carol morris - aquantance January 28, 2012
Yes InDeed; America Hazz Lost A Beautiful Lady... Yall Kno Her Music Made Men & Women Melt,Cry & Love Oh So Good; I Say Thank You Mrs.Etta I Love You & So Those America; To Ur Family'; Please Kno; GOD Got Dis;& He Welcomes His Daughter Wit Open Ars.. & Dats 4/sho...
Posted by Barnard Harris-;Orlando,Fla - A Friend & BigFan Indeed... January 28, 2012
My heart goes out to the family. I know this is a very hard time right now. Please stay strong. Etta is with the angels.
Posted by Betty Dotson - Friend And Fan January 28, 2012
In loving memory of the world's greatest female blues singer. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Mae Jackson - fan January 28, 2012
I will never forget the great joy you have given to me and so many others. Etta , really sang her heart out. she had so much fun and sadness doing what she loved to do and that was to makes us feel and makes me smile. I will always love you Etta. You make me think of my youth and the Housing Projects didn't seem that bad back then.
Posted by Alex Riddick - A bg lover of Etta's Music January 28, 2012
You are with God now, no more suffering, but I will always love and miss you.
Posted by Cherrill Peterson - Life Long Fan January 28, 2012
LOVED YOUR MUSIC,BEEN LISTENING EVERY SINCE I WAS A LIL' GIRL.ETTA U WILL BE TRULY MISSED. A TRUE FAN,VIELLA ELIZABETH PERKINS
Posted by VIELLA E. JOSEPH - DEVOTED FAN January 27, 2012
Rest in peace Ms. James. You gave the world your all...now in the arms of God you have found your place forever...At Last.
Posted by Ann Gibson - long-time fan January 27, 2012
Etta, we will miss you. Our sincere condolences to your family. Your music will always enhance and soothe our hearts. You've shared and gave a lot to the music industry. Your songs made many understand love and romance, and what it felt like to lose someone special.
Peace and love to all,
Decatur, GA (AIS)
Posted by Ameenah - Decatur, GA - fan January 27, 2012
I was re-introduced to the continuing career and music of Etta James while stationed at Fort Ord, California in the mid-seventies with a fellow GI from Baltimore named Lawrence Gee. He played a selection from her "Come A Little Closer" LP and I was amazed at how wonderful she sounded. I have since collected other works by Etta James. I am truly saddened by her passing and my thoughts go out toher family at this time. She touched many lives and performed at many weddings with her song"At Last". May she rest in peace, she will be truly missed.
Posted by Daryl Harvey - Fan January 27, 2012
I have long enjoyed the wonderful music of Ms Etta James and her very unique and distinctive voice and vocal stylings. I have been grieved to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends who have to endure a great personal loss.
Posted by Gail Bryant - A Fan January 27, 2012
Rest in peace Ms. etta James. My love goes out to your family and friends. A true fan. Love you and your music will live on forever in my heart.
Posted by Joslyn - Fan January 27, 2012
Will miss the beautitiful singing of Ms.James,there is not another voice like ETTA James, May she rest in peace.
Posted by gloria holmes - friend who loves good music January 27, 2012
TO MS. JAMESETTA "ETTA JAMES" Sons and Husband, MY FAMILY FROM EAST 21ST OFF CENTRAL AVE, BACK IN THE DAYS of the 1940'S & 1950'S , we are praying for you all.
STAY STRONG . CHERISH ALL OF YOUR PRECIOUS MEMORIES....
My oldest sister ( 20 yrs older than me ) attended elementary school with Jamesetta
and my first cousin. My sister was in the same classroom with Jamesetta. My family
also attended the same church as her family , St Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles. As a child Etta shared her unique vocal talents to God first at St Paul. I had the privilege in sharing my story with Etta in the 1983, she spoke very kind to me. Since I called her Ms. Jamesetta, she laughed and asked if I went to school with her. I laughed too, I wasn't born yet.
I enjoyed her concerts at the traditional
Monterey Jazz festivals.
I BELEIVE SHE MADE IT INTO HEAVEN
SHE DOES strongly RESEMBLE MINNESOTA FATS, NOW SHE KNOWS FOR SURE WHO HER BIOLOGICAL WAS. My husband beat Fats playing pool every time they played each other. That is for you Etta (smile from heaven)
NEVERTHELESS, ETTA WAS LEAD
BY HER FAITH IN GOD WHO RENEWED HER STRENGTH WHEN SHE NEEDED IT.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO YOUR
Posted by Lady Dee - Los Angeles, CA - elemenary classmate January 27, 2012
Her beauty is priceless. Im 37 years old,n actually grew up on the music of Etta James. She will always be remembered. :
Posted by Deevah - Fan January 26, 2012
Today is also the birthday of my grandmother, who gave love and therefore was loved. Etta gave love through her music and touched soooo many lives. I think she should have sang for the president. They could have taped her if she could not do it live.
Posted by Mary E. Moore - One of her greatest fans January 26, 2012
The forst tome I saw Etta James, was at the Belly up tavern in Solana Beach, Ca I have never seem so mamy MEN. Including the man I was dating at that time. KNEEL when Ettat sang. 'At Last". I had the Honer to meeyt Her and her son that Night. No one But Etta Can do that to ANY MAN.
Posted by Maria - Fan January 26, 2012
A true legend, and a true lady...........RIP Ms. James
Posted by Phillip - Nashville, TN January 25, 2012
R.I.P.Etta james birth name "jamesetta hawkins" you will be missed,but your music will live on for many years to come and happy birthday!!!!!
Posted by elaine johnson - fan January 25, 2012
May God, through Jesus, bless Etta's soul. Her blessed gift of song was an annointing that touched the hearts of people all over the world - and will there live forever.
Posted by Star - Fan January 25, 2012
R I P etta for your music still will be with us i grew up with all your music and
one favior was i cryed a tear your going to be missed
Posted by tania hernandez - fan January 25, 2012
Thank you for your beautiful music!
Your music will live on forever!
My Uncle Jerry Witherspoon and I will make sure of it!
You take your rest in peace now.
I will forever love and remember you,
Posted by Julia Witherspoon - Kenosha, WI - A loyal FAN! January 25, 2012
Love listening to Ettas cd's, we have several and sometimes we go for weeks just hearing her sing while we drive here and there. We enjoyed the new release even before it was realeased, now we have the new cd "The Dreamer" and its wonderful. We will miss you Etta, especially Big Terry DeRouen. God bless you
Posted by Karen - friends January 25, 2012
Etta was my favorite R&B singer and I will miss her but I have several of her cd's and record.
Posted by ellen hoaas - fan January 25, 2012
Tomorrw would have been your 74th birthday. You will be missed, you were a classy dame!
Happy Birthday & RIP...At Last!
Posted by Cee Cee Bywayofdc January 25, 2012
How often did we dance to your music, dancing in the kitchen was so romantic...my favorite mood maker with soaul at last!
Posted by Ursula - fan January 25, 2012
whenever I am introduced to anyone they always refer to Etta James for the correct spelling of my name. I loved her music.
Posted by JAMES ETTA DAVIS - lynwood, CA - FAN January 24, 2012
The Joy of the music Etta James left behind will continue to influence and bless many for generations to come. In her unstoppable boldness created music until shortly before she passed on into eternity.I have not listened to all of her last CD "Dreams",but will most certainly add that to my collection as well as her autobiography "Rage To Survive". She accomplished what all singers hope to. She Rocked and Rolled until the end of her life. And is evidenced by her last and final CD cover. She was bold indeed.Bold and Beautiful inside and out. I did not know Etta personally,but offer a prayer to her husband and sons. The comforter will come and see you all through this most difficult time. Sincerely: MaryAnn/M
Posted by MaryAnn/M - Fan January 24, 2012
"At Last" makes my hair stand up straight. I am one of your biggest fans Etta I love you.
Posted by Marie Birster - fan January 24, 2012
My heart is broken but i have many happy memories with James Etta. when i was young,
we use to go horse back riding, i learned to swim in her swimming pool. Sometimes they would sneak me in the clubs and i would stand in the wings and watch her perform. I will always remember her smile
and joy she shared with us and will keep her in my heart forever.
Posted by Curtiss Mallory - denver, CO - nephew January 24, 2012
TO THE FAMILY OF MRS. ETTA JAMES,
I SEND U MY CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO U THE FAMILY. ALL WILL BE OKAY. GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES. HE TOOK A BEAUTIFUL ROSE AND PLANTED IT IN HIS GARDEN.
Posted by CORETTA HURD - bOONEVILLE, MS - FAN January 24, 2012
Here in St.Louis, Mo. we as Ms.Etta James fans are honored to have treasured memories of her music. She will never be forgotten. She's definitely a LEGEND !!!!!!
Posted by Tecora Morgan January 24, 2012
I first heard Etta's voice when I was a little girl. When she would sing, I would feel every word as if I was going through that situation. Her voice was powerful and breathless. Mrs. Etta James, you take your place in Heaven where angels like you are safe and singing. We will miss you dearly.
Posted by Kelli Bradshaw-Jones - Fan January 24, 2012
i've always loved her voice and her passion for music. she will be missed
Posted by MONIQUE LOVE - FAN January 24, 2012
Etta James will always be Alpha & Omega of the R&B sounds, her voice will entertain us for many generations to come.
RIP ETTA....From: a Fan that appreciated your Excellent.
Posted by Jerry A Wtiherspoon - A forever Fan January 24, 2012
I was blessed to see her sing here in Wichita, Ks and the Cotilion. Absolutely one of my favorite blues singers of all time. Thank you Etta for your amazing talent and music. What a legacy you have left here with us.
Posted by Heather Thompson - Wichita, KS - Fan January 24, 2012
From the first time I heard her voice, I've always been a fan, my favorit songs are at last, & my dearest darling! A beautiful voice will sing in heavan for all tne angels!qg
Posted by Priscilla anaya - A fan January 24, 2012
My heart go out to Etta james'family.May God Bless you all in this time.She would truly be miss.
Posted by Janice - One of her Biggest Fan January 24, 2012
May the light that your music brings shine forever Ms. Etta James.
Posted by Angela Reynolds - Fan January 24, 2012
I enjoy your music.... u will b missed by many
Posted by Mslisa Ismy Namebioch - fan January 24, 2012
Say hello to Johnny Otis (Willie and the Hand Jive) for me.
Birds of a feather flock together even in death
Posted by Roger "Philly White Boy" Sheetz - Fan January 24, 2012
I grew up hearing the song AT LAST. It never failed to make me both smile and cry. I loved you and your voice etta.
Posted by jana - san antonio, TX - fan January 24, 2012
Man! I'm going to really miss Etta James. She was a dynamite singer. May her soul rest with other legendary blues/jazz and R&B stalwarts who passed on before her.
Posted by Dee Dee January 24, 2012
I REMEMBER ETTA WHEN I WAS A YOUNG TEEN
AT LAST WAS MY FAVOTITE
Posted by PRISCILLA COOK - fan January 24, 2012
A few yesrs ago, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Ms. Etta James at Carnegie Hall in NYC. I drove 250 miles and found the only free parking spot around the corner from the theater. When we arrived, someone was sitting in our seats!!!! Well you know the rest of the story. Etta was fantastic.......At Last was my weddng song over 40 years ago, so you know seeingher was special. RIP Ms. Etta James.
Posted by SLAlston - Fan January 23, 2012
Etta darling, Thank you for your music that I have loved for so many years. Your legendary music will live on forever especially in the hearts of your fans. God Bless You and Rest in Peace.
Posted by Kathryn Miller - Greenville, SC - biggest fan January 23, 2012
I have been a fan since I was 13 years old, I'm now 67...I was always just plain in AWE of her voice...her voice, her songs was my all time FAVORITE. Nobody and I mean NOBODY can sing her songs better than her, I dont care who it is. Etta is the ORIGINAL and the GREATEST. Rest in peace...I will miss you.
Posted by Jo Howard-Campbell - Wildomar, CA - Fan Forever! January 23, 2012
the last of the greatest , music will never be the same, now u will sing with the angels ike the angel you have always been to music and more. your struggle was heavy but your strength was great.
Posted by robin - fan January 23, 2012
Rest in Peace. Your work on this earth is done.
Posted by Dorothy - A Long time Fan January 23, 2012
That one song conjours up a lot of memories....Thanks Etta for being you.
Posted by Raymond J. Jemison Jr. - Fan January 23, 2012
we have lost a great voice, we'll miss you etta. "rest in peace" fan...eyb
Posted by yvonne - fan January 23, 2012
A true artist with a true gift gone on to glory! God Bless Etta James
Posted by Ann Clemons - Fan January 23, 2012
there will never be anther "At Last", nor another voice like yours to deliver it.
Posted by nancy reese - glassboro, NJ - fan January 23, 2012
Etta, there was no one betta! Your music touched a lot of people's hearts. You've left us quite a legacy.
Posted by Dan Axt - Columbus, OH - fan January 23, 2012
My mother turn me on to Etta James at a early age and still listering to her music I will cherrish the memorie of her..R.I.P Etta James
Posted by Rena McCarter - Fan January 23, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family of Etta James. She was a fabulous musical artist and her signature song "At Last" was my wedding dance song. I am blessed to have shared my special day with a very special woman with a beautiful voice.
Posted by May Parks - Fan of Etta James January 23, 2012
I thank you Ms Etta for all the beautiful memories your music created for me.. You were there when I was happy. sad, and broken hearted.. You had a song for every emotion... You will be dearly missed, but never ever forgotten... Thank you sooo much for sharing...
Posted by CYNTHIA GARCIA REYES - A FAN.... January 23, 2012
I always wanted this song to be my wedding song,, its so perfect. She will be missed. R.I.P
Posted by GRACIE January 23, 2012
Have been a fan fr,47yrs.know your vocal cords whenever, i hear your songs.enjoyed the video with chuck berry, and keith richeds, robert cary . H/C gal
Posted by ms.joyce johnson - fan January 23, 2012
I never wanted to be a singer until I heard Ms. Etta James do her 'Sticking To My Guns' CD(specifically 'Born on a Bayou'). That and the ups and downs in her life somewhat parallel mine. She was beautiful inside and out. Love for her in my heart always. Go in Peace into My Father's Waiting Arms. AMEN
Posted by Sweet Claudette Harrell-Manning - adoring fan January 23, 2012
There is so little one can say. So little one can do, but it may help to somehow know that loving thoughts are with you. Your music and life will live on thur all of your adoring fans. May the grace and peace of God be yours in abdunance.
Posted by Antoinette Bourgeois - Fan January 23, 2012
Thank you Miss Etta James for your wonderful voice and songs. I was so lucky to see you perform in 1994 in Norfolk, VA and photograph you as well. You will be missed. But you will live forever with us through your music.
Posted by Cathy Dixson - Norfolk, VA - Fan January 23, 2012
Etta James had the best voice of all times a real lady. No one could match her voice it was maevelous and it made one feel safe. Her voice took me back to old memories and good times in my life she will always be remembered
Posted by Zella Hickson - a fan January 22, 2012
U are and was the best of the best and your memory and music will liveon forever there will be no one to takeyour place u are sadly missed and to the family my deepest sympathy and much love from a white blues fan much love
Posted by keven shaffer - fan January 22, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to Ett's family, friends and fans. We loved her music as did the world and only GOD can give a person a voice like an angel. May she rest in peace and we have no doubt that she will live on forever and future generations willb love her as much as we all did.
Rest in peace and love, Gloria & Leroy Hooper
Posted by Gloria & Leroy Hooper - fan January 22, 2012
YOUR STAR WILL SHINE FOREVER, I HAVE LOVED
YOUR MUSIC AS A TEENAGER IN THE 60'S, THROUGH YOUR UP'S AND DOWNS YOUR TRUE ADMIRES WHERE ALWAYS WITH YOU, NO MATTER WHAT.EACH NEW GENERATION OF MY FAMILY ARE
INTRODUCED TO THE MUSIC OF ETTA JAMES IT'S
ONE OF MY FAMILY TRADITIONS.MAY YOUR SWEET
SOUL REST IN PEACE
Posted by PATRICIA CLAY January 22, 2012
I just want to say that etta will be surely miss'd. There is not much on line about her past. If she had other sisters, brothers aunts, uncles. Seems by what I read that she passed on while her live in doctor was there. At least she didn't die alone. My sister has that name. RIP Jamesetta Hawekins. You will always be in my thoughts, and my music
Posted by janice Poz - milwukee, WI - stranger that likes etta music January 22, 2012
The first 45 I bought of her i will never forget. they need to do story of her on t.v.thank you for you.
Posted by jon - cincinnati, OH - fan January 22, 2012
You and your music brought me such joy over the R.I.P. Etta
Posted by diane kanemoto - fan January 22, 2012
From the first time I heard ETTA JAMES ,I was hooked on her and her music.
From inside my house to my vehicle ,I would have windows open ,Etta James blaring so evrybody around outside could hear.
I even took her to my job in Recovery Room and put her music on ,the patients loved it.
Posted by Linda - FAN January 22, 2012
You will truly be missed. Rest in Peace my sista.
Posted by Donna Sampson - loving and devoted fan January 22, 2012
Rest in Peace soul sista. love you.
Posted by Donna Sampson - Baton Rouge, LA - fan January 22, 2012
You will trulry be missed but never ever forgotton
Posted by Elizabeth - Bethlehem, PA - Frienf January 22, 2012
She will be missed, but her music and spirit will live on.
Thanks for sharing your talent with the rest of us.
Posted by LK - Long time fan January 22, 2012
A wonderful voice is quieted...her sound will never be forgotten. She's at peace..........At Last
Posted by Gladys Steen - Calera, AL - fan January 22, 2012
I love your songs and only wish I could have seen you in person. You are a shining star forever.
Posted by Nedra - Fan January 22, 2012
i almost cried when i heard she passed on, i started listing to the blues a long time ago. sometimes her music made me happy, sometimes it made me sad.it makes me mad that there not saying much about her on the news i guees football is more important.please folks lets never forget her, a devoted fan that has every one of her cd's. hank in ma
Posted by henry rankovic - a real fan January 22, 2012
Ms. ETTA JAMES, thanks for the lasting memories and your contribution through music and songs.
Posted by Anthony L. Sanders January 22, 2012
Gone, but will be sadly missed but not forgotten. Rest in peace.
Posted by Betty James - Fan January 22, 2012
My deepest sympathy to James family during this time of grief. I enjoyed all of her music. her voice were beautiful.may the God of all comfort,comfort you during this grievous time.
Posted by JAMES LONG January 22, 2012
Thank You so much Ms. James, I bought your cd during a very difficult time in my life. You and I spent many a lonely nihgts singing to the top of our lungs.... thank you again. Then into my life, walked a wonderful man.... and I walked down the isle to "AT LAST". You voice and your words gave so much to so many. I hope you felt that back through fans, and love in your own life. Receive your crown form our Lord Ms James, you deserve it.
Posted by B.Harland - Silverhill, AL - Fan January 22, 2012
ciao my friend. I look forward to hearing you again, at last, when I arrive.
Posted by Lynda Smith - friend January 22, 2012
We Loved You!!!
But...GOD Loved You Best!!!
Your voice was a gift from GOD!!!
Now you will sang to God in Heaven!!!
I play the song daily!!!
Posted by BLAQUE - FAN!!! January 22, 2012
May You rest NOW!!!
I felt your pain through your songs.
Etta James The Best!!!
Posted by BLAQUE - none January 22, 2012
Loved your voice. Will always remember your awesome voice.
Posted by Sophia Wilkerson - friend January 22, 2012
Just remembering her "REAL DOWN TO EARTH"Music, how she kept it real to all who that loved her. Her friends, family, and her fans ! ! ! R.I.P. Ms. James ! ! !
Posted by Adrian D. Cooper - Just A Fan of her SONGS & MUSIC January 22, 2012
my life is brighter for knowing your trementiousssss voice. Thank you,Thank you,Thank you.God must have a special place in the heavenly coral dept.in need of your talent.SING ON you beautiful soul!
Posted by Gene Palmer - FAN January 22, 2012
Sending many prayers to the James family. Ms. Etta will greatly be missed. At Last was my favorite song by her. She will be leaving many cherished memories through her music...... RIP Ms. Etta
Posted by Jacquelynn January 22, 2012
She was the Auntie to R&B Music. One thing i can say, she taught me alot about making strong feeling songs from the heart. There would not be another like her but her legacy will live on.
Thank u and Now may GOD put u at peace " At Last "
R.I.P. Etta James
Posted by Marcus - fan and student January 22, 2012
You may be gone but your wonderful music will live forever. I have enjoyed and been a fan of yours since my teens (I'am 65 now). I feel so blessed to have seen you in live performance several times. God wanted the prettiest rose friday and AT LAST that was you. The journey is over but your life "has just begun"!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Posted by Bobby Green - Fan January 22, 2012
RIP sister Etta James you were one of my mother's favorite I remember you when I was a little girl especially on weekends we played all your 45's on our record player from dusk to dawn we rocked the weekend away with our rhythem and blues!!!!!!!!!(smile)
Posted by Mother Maggie Pennington - ONE OF YOUR FANS January 22, 2012
To the soulful voice with so much feeling that draws the listener into the rhythm and emotion so mesmerizing you can spend hours listening. We have enjoyed your music for many years and will continue to cherish the sound.
Posted by Juanita R. - Appreciative listener January 22, 2012
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.REST IN PEACE MUCH LOVE
Posted by RITA PERKINS - MUSIC LOVER January 22, 2012
Thanks for the many,many hours of beautiful music.R.I.P.,sweet lady.
Posted by MaddMike - Fan January 22, 2012
I was sad to hear of your passing and I just want to say ow much I loved your music. Your anthem is my ringtone and I will never get rid of it. RIP, Ms, James. You will be missed by millions,
Posted by Debbie E. Christian - Harrisburg, PA - Fan January 22, 2012
I HAVE HAVE MANY OPPORUNITIES TO SONG AT LAST AT MANT WEDDING. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS ANY MANY OTHER HEART FELT SONGS THAT CAUSE MY LIFE AND OTHER TO BE MORE RICHER.
EVG. CHANTELE BELLINGETR
NEWPORT NEWS VA 23608
Posted by REV. CHANTELE GOLDEN - mewport newa, VA - just a music admirer January 22, 2012
the frist time i heard etta sang i fell in love with her singing.etta rip. you are in a better place now.
Posted by rose sharon - fan January 22, 2012
All of my life, I have loved and appreciated the music that Etta made for this world. As a child, I remember my mother singing her songs to me. There will never be another Etta and now that she is with her maker, the world will never be the same without her...
Posted by Cassandra Lynn Tyndall - Lifetime admirer <3 January 22, 2012
To a musical icon and legend. The one and only Ms. Etta James. RIP. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Weeping endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning. - Teeny Tucker
Posted by Teeny - Blues Sister January 22, 2012
The memories of the beautiful lady will live on forever. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Priscilla Fisher-Dunston - A Fan January 22, 2012
My deepest condolences goes out to the family of Etta James. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Helen Byrd - Faithful listener January 22, 2012
I REALLY DO LOVE HER MUSIC. SHE WAS A VERY TALENTED LADY, SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. ALL MY BLESSINGS TO THE FAMILY.
Posted by TRACIE - FAN January 22, 2012
Good song memories' Now you can sing those great songs in Heaven. God rest your soul...
Posted by Sonny Mc Cune January 22, 2012
I'll never forget the first time I heard Etta James' "At Last" at that moment I became a fan of hers. Being 28 it is very rare to find people who can sit and actually appreciate good music like Etta's. I got to see her performe at the Concord Povilian in 2007 with Al Green and B.B. King, and it was AMAZING. I cried I think through her whole set. She was an amazing woman. After watching "Cadillac Records" and learning a little more about how she got big in the business I admired her strength even more. She was a greatly talented woman and will remain a legend. I play her music for my young children, who I am making sure can appreciate good REAL music. She is loved and will forever be missed. Rest in Peace Etta.
Posted by Angie - BIG FAN January 22, 2012
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ETTA JAMES MUSIC, BUT HER SIGNATURE SONG "AT LAST" WAS THE FIRST SONG AT MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING RECEPTION AND THAT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVER. AND SHE WAS THERE WITH US, SHE MADE EVERYTHING PERFECT---THANK YOU ETTA--
Posted by sandra - knoxville, TN - friend January 22, 2012
We the Guice family extends our deepest sympathy may God Bless the James family....The Lord loves you!!!
Posted by Youlanda Coleman Guice - Fan January 22, 2012
I'll never forget you and the heart and soul that you gave to us in your music over the years. You are one of my most treasured blues singers, ever.
Rest in peace, Etta.
Posted by Linda January 22, 2012
Etta James had a voice like a cool breeze on a summer day. I was so disappointed that you did not get to sing "At Last" at Obama's inauguration. God bless your special soul.
Posted by David - Fan January 22, 2012
Out of nowhere, my grandson who is 4 sings "sometimes I get a good feeling yeah". Etta James has transcended generations. That's rare. What a treasure. RIP
Posted by Ernestine McClure - Palmdale, CA January 22, 2012
greatly missed and wonderful woman that will live on forever in her great voice of music .. may god bless her and hold her tight
Posted by diana - admired of a wonderful voice January 22, 2012
One of the most versatile singers of her time. She will be missed.There is none to compare with her style of singing. Rest im peace Ms. Etta James.
Posted by JESSE R. SAWYER - Truly a Fan January 22, 2012
I remember Etta James singing "At Last" in Lake Charles, La. in 1956 when I was in the U.S. Air Force. The way she sang that song will stay in mind forever.
Posted by Clarence Maiden - Mt Royal, NJ - Fan January 22, 2012
Rest in Peace, Sister Etta. You are loved by many, including myself. . . I can remember dancing and singing to your voice, from the age of about 9. God blessed you with special talent and personality. May your spirit live on.
Posted by Brenda Myke January 22, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the James family.
She was truly a legion in her time. She will be missed.
Posted by Lonnie Cee - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Broadcaster January 22, 2012
There will never be another Etta James. Lots of people can sing but Nobody can sing'At Last' better...nobody! I been loving her since the 60's. SHe will be missed.
Posted by Barquin January 21, 2012
i grew up listening to Ms James. My mom was fond of her music. Her music was the background for many family functions. She will be held dearly in our memories.
Posted by charlotte brewington - fan January 21, 2012
For Etta - Sweet Sister Songbird and one heck of a woman when times were really different. A sad sad loss for her family and personal friends. Angels have one more beautiful voice in their choir.
Posted by Joann Ewing - respectful and long time fan January 21, 2012
She touched my heart and soul with her ever present "At Last", and never to be forgotten voice. She's at peace.
Posted by Lorraine Lugo - Long time fan January 21, 2012
The first song I heard by Miss Etta James was "All I Could do is Cry" and loved each and every song she sang since. I read your biography and what a beautiful tough woman you were. There will never be another singer that touches my soul with such raw heartfelt sincerity.
Posted by Terri Reynolds - Fan January 21, 2012
I am so sorry you are gone, but I know you are at peace and singing "AT LAST" because your struggle is over. You will always be my favorite singer. Rest in peace, Etta, you are loved.
Posted by Patt R - fan January 21, 2012
ETTA, ETTA, ETTA, MAY YOUR LIGHT FOREVER SHINE IN THE HEARTS OF MANY... I LOVE GURL ALTHOUGH I NEVER MET YOU. REST IN PEACE MY SISTER MY FRIEND IN CHRIST.
Posted by G.G. DEDMON - sisters in christ January 21, 2012
her voice was individual, her ability to reflect and voice our pain was priceless.
Posted by Maggi - fan January 21, 2012
SHE WAS A NATURAL, A VERY BEAUTIFUL BLUES SINGER. I LISTEN TO HER EVERY MORNING ON MY WAY TO WORK. SHE HAS BLESSED ME WITH MUSIC THAT SINGS TO YOUR SOUL. GOD BLESS HER AND SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.i WILL MISS SEEING HER. LAST TIME WAS A VENUE IN VEGAS AND SHE WAS AWESOME AS ALWAYS...
Posted by lINDA lOU - DEVOTED FAN January 21, 2012
etta james has inspiered me to be a singer. i love her songs they make me feel surrounded in emotional and happy days my personal favorite is at last when i was six i could not stop singing that song, now i am 11 and it is sad to hear the news you helped me be a better singer and (i would rather go blind) is another song i enjoy and admire and your deep voice is a present to my ears RIP etta james but let your songs still be heard
Posted by raya January 21, 2012
I will indeed remember all of the times I saw you perform in Chicago, N.y., and Atlanta and the kind words you said to me whereever I saw you.
Posted by Tildy Ward - Ocala, FL - mentor January 21, 2012
May God give comfort and strength to her family and friends.
Posted by Eddie mae burns-Martinez - fan January 21, 2012
etta rest in peace, you will be missed. god bless the family
Posted by carolyn queen - fan January 21, 2012
First saw her at age seventeen. Etta you will will never stop impressing the people who really know. God's Speed, you live forever in our hearts.
Posted by Justin Blair - Auburn, WA - Fan January 21, 2012
Etta will always be remembered for being one of the best R and B singers. May she rest in peace with the lighting of a candle in her honor.
Posted by Sharon Cann - fan January 21, 2012
I first saw Etta James at a park festival in 1989, in Corvallis, Oregon. When I heard her sing for the first time, I fell in love with her music and person. Unfortunately I never got to see her perform again. Just a few days before she died I happened to be in Hasting and saw a CD of her love songs. I started researching her on the internet. I spent day and night getting caught up watching performances. Wow! She held such power. Here she was sick, and gathering all her fans for her death. I don't know what made me tune in or think about her. Even though I didn't follow her career every minute, it was that one performance that will stay with me for a life time. Etta you will always be in my heart. I miss you, but I know your out there free and singing. I will forever think of you when I light my candles. Love forever Rose
Posted by Catherine Rose - Fan January 21, 2012
Etta James taught us all the true meaning of love and passion through the wide range and depth of the blues. May an American treasure rest in peace!
Posted by Joanne Schmidt January 21, 2012
Just a great lady with a lifetime of good music. It touched many lives and continues to live on by prompting others to be even half as good.
Posted by Jo Miller - Prospect, PA - fan January 21, 2012
rest in peace we will all miss you and your love to the world will never die. you will alway be with us all !!!! Singing Your Song's !!!!
Posted by joe moreno - fan January 21, 2012
I've listened to Etta since my youth. She has no equal. Her talent will always be a legend and the music, whether it be soul,R&B,etc; will live on. Thank you Etta for what you have given all of us.
Posted by John Ickefoose - Steubenville, OH - Fan January 21, 2012
Thank you for blessing us with your gift of song...."At last" will forever be imbedded into all our hearts...you live on and will be missed. xo
Posted by ANNA C FISCHER - long time listener January 21, 2012
Loved her and listened to her music as long as I can remember.
Posted by Medric Faulkner - Forest, MS - Fan January 21, 2012
The biggest greatest hugs that we shared, who never forgot my name. When you were here in PHOENIX you always brightened my heart for many years. I can't beleve your gone but not forgotten. You'll always have a specialn place in my heart
Posted by Mary Mary - Good Friend from Arizona January 21, 2012
my mother use to sing aloud while she did her house chores and sometimes she would try a little dance when she thought no one was looking.Well one day i decided to listen to what was making her so happy and there it was"At Last".That song stayed with me and is still my anthem.Etta you are simply the best...May you rest peacefully and i have no doubt even the angels would love to hear you sing.
Posted by Everett Reynolds - Spring Valley, OH - ardent listener January 21, 2012
I've been a long time fan/admirer of this great jazz legend. She overcame life's problems with grace & courage. May her music live on.
Posted by ruth ann ingram - fan January 21, 2012
Etta James your a legend and always will be.
Posted by Tim Clark - I never met her, wanted to. January 21, 2012
Your music will live on forever....One of the songs I loved was "Sugar on the Floor" playing it now. You were Loved world wide and will be missed world wide. Love you Etta!!!!
Posted by Pat - Fan January 21, 2012
Thank you for the path you open to Black Music. You open many hearts and you let us know that we are not alone. May you RIP.
Posted by Kay Diamond Hawkins - Fan January 21, 2012
Your memory will live on and on, Etta . . . in the beautiful music you gave us all. No doubt you're singing your heart out up there in Heaven. We love you, Etta - R.I.P.
Posted by Kathi - Appleton, WI - Huge Fan!! January 21, 2012
My sympathy to The James family and friends. To see her was electric. From her low bluesy growl to her high pitched wail. Every song she touched she put the Etta stamp on it, "Sail Away, St.Louis Blues, Leave Your Hat On"... and yes, "At Last".
No one will ever sing her signature song like she did, those of us who have loved her for decades know that. That generations will find her and appreciate her raw energy and talent is her legacy.
Love you, Etta
Look out heaven, Miss Etta has arrived.
Posted by Rusty - former blues/rock singer January 21, 2012
Sad to hear your gone. I have listen to your music for many years and loved everything you have sang especially At Last. I can hear your voice in my head sing that song. A legend gone but not forgotten. R.I.P Ms Etta.
Posted by victoria taylor - fan January 21, 2012
Etta, Thank you for sharing your life with me. I met you in the 60's in Detroit at the Chit Chat lounge and have been in love with your spirit and inspiration ever since. I was living in a small apartment over the club and was in the window singing one day and you came outside and asked who was that singing, i said it was me. you looked at me and asked how old i was? "Nine"I responded and you said "not bad" "not bad".I admired your courage and strength to keep moving on in spite of the hardships and obstacles that have been in your life. i still find your intense emotional music soul stirring. i pray that you have past on your talent to a deserving soul and that you can rest assured that your spirit will live on for years to come through the voices of our tomorrow. i love ya girl, you are so beautiful to me.
Posted by L miller January 21, 2012
Eta I waited decades to find a song that carried my heart and joy with it. At Last you sang my song. Thank you. Sing on!
Posted by Bruce Mock - A Lover of Her Music January 21, 2012
I've been listening to Miss Etta for years and sad to hear of her passing. She was one person I wanted to see in concert and we did get to see her at the Orleans Hotel about 4 years ago. She was frail then but want a performance she put on!!!...what a thrill it was to see her. Our prayers go to her family and friends.
Posted by Maggie West January 21, 2012
I'm a HUGE fan. I never tire of hearing "At Last." I married again at the age of 58 - this was the last song played at our ceremony. Although Beyonce' did an OK job with it, she can NEVER sing it the way you have. Thanks so much for sharing your talent. You will be missed.
Posted by Stella Newsom Ling - Tampa, FL - Huge Fan January 21, 2012
You will be missed dearly and you will be remembered forever. Deepest sympathy to your family who loves you so much. Our prayers are with you. John & Theresa Wagner
Posted by Theresa Wagner - distant family friend January 21, 2012
Thank You Etta for sharing all these years with us. You have made this life on Earth enjoyable and will be missed.
Posted by Rebecca Johnson January 21, 2012
You and your music is, and will always be a joy to us all! Rest in peace Lady. Your physical presence here on earth, will truly be missed!God loves you too, so It's His turn to enjoy you!
Posted by Valerie Ellis Mitchell - A HUGE FAN! January 21, 2012
I didn't know her personally but I certaintly knew her well through her music. My dad introduced me to Etta when I was a little girl. Her voice was unique unlike anyone I've heard (and to have such a powerful voice at such a young age!!)....She is one of my favorite artists I love to sing her songs. She will always be a special part of Music as a whole!!!! Love you ETTA!!!
Posted by Nicole Washington - FAN January 21, 2012
I extend my condolences to the family of this great legend, Ms. Etta James. The first time I heard her voice was nearly 40 years ago. She leaves a legacy of music for generations to come. May she rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Jacinda - fan January 21, 2012
She was a true legend.Ker and Koko now a duet."How beautiful will that be !"
Posted by Chitown1 - fan January 21, 2012
I share all my blessing to all family & friends i enjoy Etta music God bless you all
with my deepest Sympathy
Posted by Cassandra Cunnikin - Lake Charles, LA - Admire of her Music January 21, 2012
Oh such great memories of singing and dancing to the bluesy rhythms of Etta's music. May you rest in piece Miss James. Thank you for your gift of beautiful, strong and moving music. You were a joy to the world. I hope you are at peace At Last. I wish peace to your friends and family, Miss James.
Posted by Christine Cilley - Big fan January 21, 2012
Wow! Me and Etta James share the same birthday January 25th, although you have sprouted your wings and flew on, I will celebrate your birthday along with mine this Wednesday, RIP Diva Etta!
Posted by Sharaka - fan January 21, 2012
Love her music! At Last will live on in everyones hearts. Classic! At Last, she is at peace. At Last......
Posted by Carol Lingo - fan January 21, 2012
Etta James I was and is a fan of and my you R.I.P. I love her music and my favorite song will I'D RATHER GO BLIND. You will be missed but not forgotten. Linda Pug
Posted by Linda Pugh - fan January 21, 2012
my deepest condolences on your loss mrs james had a beautiful voice and her songs sugar on the open my eyes to problems within my personal realationship and gave me the patience as sher song at last says to wait on my true love you will be miss
Posted by tee January 21, 2012
May Etta James rest in peace. Lay your weary head down & rest.
You were a trailblazer and an inspiration to millions of vocalists on this planet.
Your greatist gift to us all and your strongest legacy is the vocalists you inspired but never knew.
Posted by Teri - admirer January 21, 2012
I grew up on Etta James
She will be truly mist
Posted by shelby mcdonald - houston, TX - Fan January 21, 2012
Rest in peace. One of the greatest singer ever.
Posted by A S Miliken - devoted fan January 21, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful music. You will be missed. My warmest sympathies & heartfelt prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Liz Lindsay - Fan January 21, 2012
THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE FUN WE SHARED AND THE WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTION OF YOUR SOULFUL MUSIC....YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART..............REST PEACEFULLY MY FRIEND
Posted by Bobbie Lazerus - SHERMAN OAKS , CA - OLD FRIEND January 21, 2012
I saw Ms James at a Summer Festival in Baltimore about 10 yrs ago. There was adoration & respect in the crowd. All ages & colors loved her performance.
Rest in Peace, Baby!
Posted by Mick Woof - fan January 21, 2012
rest in peace mrs etta janes legendary blues you will be missed....you will sing for the lord
Posted by Hazel Covington - fan January 21, 2012
I will miss Etta's wonderful music. I had the privilege of seeing her perform many times I remember once at the Russian River blues festival she had her grandson 5 years old play the drums. He was awesome. I do hope he follows in his grandma's footsteps and shares his wonderful God given gift with the world. What Etta gave me personally will never be forgotten I will treasure her in my heart and my autographed cd forever. May God keep you. Love you.
Posted by Louise Barnick - Fan January 21, 2012
I remember my older sisters played Ms.James records..she had a sound all her own..it was, and always will be fabulous! To the family,you have deepest sympathy of so many.She truly is a LEGEND.She will be missed, rest in peace Ms. James Elizabeth Callahan McQuiller
Posted by Elizabeth Callahan McQuiller - Buffalo, NY - a fan January 21, 2012
My favorite song "AT LAST". Last time I saw her was a P.B.S. program. Beautiful voice, and charming lady. I will always be a fan of her.
Posted by Maria Angeles - El Paso, TX - fan January 21, 2012
My best friend who died in 2010 loved her and her music...she was an icon..RIP Etta James
Posted by Jessica - fan January 21, 2012
I'll get goosebumps every time I hear "At Last", no matter who sings it. I'll never forget you. Say hi to Marshall Sehorn.
Posted by Veronica Picot LaMoy January 21, 2012
I feel like a piece of my heart fly up above with you. This truly is one of the sadest days in my life. Somehow I knew when you cancelled your performance 2 years ago in Newport, RI. that you must have been sick and I would never see you again. But God granted me an "At Last" chance with you in Boston, MA and gave me a front row seat in front of the microphone.
All my love to you,
Betty Alden - Age 63
Worcester, MA 01607
Posted by Betty Alden - Worcester, MA - 50 year fan January 21, 2012
Thank you for the music.You will be missed by everyone here.The Lord wanted you to come and sing with other legend he have call home.Take your rest now and sleep on....
Posted by Mr.Willie McCullum - Atlanta, GA - A young man who love the music January 21, 2012
Such a soulful Legend whose music will live on. I grew up listening to her vinyl... In the basement.. down in the basement! Rest In Peace beautiful Lady.. you are home now!
Posted by Deborah Peaco - FAN January 21, 2012
A truly great song-"At Last"
May your soul rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Posted by Frank Mazzarisi - fan January 21, 2012
Etta James a true legend to blues and what i like to call Oldies gone but never forgotten! Rest in Peace. I spent the day listening to your music and will continue as long as I live
Posted by Christie - A true fan January 21, 2012
I remember the day I met Etta James in nyc and I was completly blown away being in the presence of greatness.My friend Laura whose father played with Etta was with us that magical night.I will never forget that moment for as long as I live My heart is heavy and I know she will be missed dearly.What can you say when someone leaves...?
Posted by Duane K Reese - friend and fan January 21, 2012
Your voice sent chills through my spine of music that I could feel. Thank You
Posted by Leona - The friend you never knew January 21, 2012
my prayers are with the family god called another angel home.
Posted by cathy - listen to music January 21, 2012
A truly great singer!"At Last" a classic!
Posted by Gola Lewis - email@example.com January 20, 2012
I loved your music and spent the afternoon listening to your greatest hits in honor of you. At Last, was just many of my favorite songs.....you'll be missed but you're music will never die.
Rest In Peace, Etta
Posted by Kim Wagner - fan January 20, 2012
Sending my deepest condolences out to the family of Etta James. She will truly be missed.
Posted by Tweete January 20, 2012
When I turned 50 years old I wrote a list of 50 things I wanted to do and "meet Etta James" was on that list, because at 50 years of age I started singing publicly and I had always loved Etta James, the soul and spirit of her and her music- it was her songs and her music I feel most comfortable singing, which ultimately saved my life during some of the most difficult times I had ever faced. I will alway love her, and be grateful to Ms. Etta James- I am just sorry I never met her.
Posted by Trish - New Castle, IN - Fan January 20, 2012
One of the best!! REST IN PEACE U will be missed
Posted by LeArta Thompson - Detroit, MI January 20, 2012
Your music helps my soul, it's me happy to hear your music. Rest in peace with the angels.
Posted by Alithiaa - Fan January 20, 2012
I feel lucky to have seen Etta James Live here in PIttsburgh PA I will never forget it.
She was a survivor and pioneer for Women songwriters and performers....long before One Named Ladies like Beyonce, Madonna and Cher
We miss you already Etta!
Posted by Karen McClintock - Fan January 20, 2012
I love, love love her. If you ever partied in the basement you've got to love her. A true R&B Icon.
Posted by Debbie W. - fan January 20, 2012
When I was little my mom and dad played her music. Though I did not understand, even as a child I could feel the emotion that came from her songs. As an adult I have come to appreciate them ever so much more.I wish she could have sung for the president. Rest in peace Ms. Etta.
Posted by Yvonne - Fan January 20, 2012
I remember your music back in the day and loved it and will always listen to it.My condeleces to the family and friends of Etta.
Rest in Peace
Posted by Steve Singletary - listener January 20, 2012
Rest In Peace Etta, I grew up listening to you music and loved your voice. You will not be forgotten.
Posted by Etonia Harbut January 20, 2012
There will NEVER be another Etta James. Thanks for your beautiful voice. I will always remember it. May you be at peace and with God.
Listner of your music.
Posted by Connie Ovalles - San Antonio, TX - Listener January 20, 2012
thank you for sharing your beautiful voice with us.
-always a fan, Marilyn M.
Posted by marilyn - fan January 20, 2012
You will be very missed. I loved your music, no one could sing like you. God Bless your family. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Avis Smith - Houston, TX - Music Lover of a great singer January 20, 2012
We loved her music..it will live on in our hearts forever. May God lift her into his fold.
Posted by Tim & Terri - fans January 20, 2012
I grew up listening to Mrs James.. I always knew that when I grew up I would want to sing as well and as passionate as her.. She will be truly missed..R>I>L
Posted by Santina Sotelo - san marcos , TX - fan January 20, 2012
Thank you for sharing your beautifull voice with us.
-Always a fan, Marilyn M.
Posted by Marilyn Morgan - fan January 20, 2012
A true Artist. A voice that will always be close to my heart~ REST IN SOUL PARADISE
Sympathy and Prayers to Etta's fans, friends, and the family
Peace Love and Jams~ DJ SmiLee
Posted by DJ SmiLee - Fan January 20, 2012
Thanx for all the memories you have brought into my life. You were and still are one of the greatest soul singers. LOVE N WILL MISS YOU!!
Posted by christina Martinez - fan January 20, 2012
I've had At Last for my ringback tone on my cell for a long time.
Posted by Becky Colonna - fan January 20, 2012
Etta, I have always loved you and your great hits. especially..At Last.. you will be greatly missed by all. rest in peace.
Posted by ann fletcher - fan January 20, 2012
She had a one of a kind voice she will be truly missed. Rest In Peace Etta.
Posted by Shirley Merideth - One of her biggest fans January 20, 2012
I first came in contact with Ms James in the early sixties when I was just a teen-ager, I was hanging out at the BLUE ROOM (Sky-Line) lounge and Night club in Vicksburg, MS owned by the late TOM WINCE, Etta Was performing there and I sliped in to see her show, I was dodeing Mr. Wince because I was too young to go in the club and Ibumped into Ms James, She said, I reminded her of Solomon Burke and she didn't turn me in....I've been a fan of hers every since then that was in 1964...SLEEP ON DEAR FRIEND, TAKE THOU REST, WE LOVED YOU , BUT GOD LOVED YOU BEST.... Gone but never forgotten....
Posted by Rev. Jimmy Ellis - Faithful Fan January 20, 2012
I remember when my Granddaughter was 12 years old and came to me and said Grannie do you have any of Etta James Songs She is Awesome. that's when I new that she truly had a gift for music.She song everything she could find by Etta James.There will never be another Etta James,Your fans Love you but God Love you more. RIP sister Etta, Gone but Never Forgotten
Posted by Susian Myles - None January 20, 2012
I was blessed to see her in concert at the celebrity theater a few years back. She still had that sassy way about her. Her music filled my soul. I would lay in bed with my earphones on and just melt into her music all night. She will be missed.
Posted by Vivian Reeves January 20, 2012
just wanted to say god bless miss etta james and her family there is no more pain at last may she rest inpeace
Posted by rubypersha January 20, 2012
I have always loved the song AT LAST...never had the honor of using it in any of my weddings but...still hope to one day be able to say at last....in GOD we trust...
see you soon
Posted by Ms. Ruthe de la Rosa - admirer January 20, 2012
Take your Wings and Fly away for God loves you more. You were Bless here on earth so you go and be bless in Heaven.
YOU WILL BE MISSED
Posted by Shirley Williams - FAN January 20, 2012
I went to as many concerts as I could to see Etta. I have all her songs and will always listen to and keep her in my thoughts and memories.
Posted by Shara Scherer - The Dalles, OR - Devoted Fan January 20, 2012
Whenever I hear "At Last" I always think back to when I was a little girl. This was one of my mom's favorite songs and it is one of mine. Etta James was a great lady, I pray she will rest in peace.
Posted by Renita Haamid - Fan January 20, 2012
Had some of my most memorable times with Ms. Etta James in Solana Beach, CA
She will be Greatly Missed. Rest Now Ms. James for you shall No Longer Be... No Ways Tired.
Carolynn S. Clark
Posted by Carolynn S. Clark - Friend January 20, 2012
I just want to say sorry for your loss. I've been listening to Ms. Etta James since I was a kid. She will truly be missed.
Posted by Lydia Jelks - fan January 20, 2012
MY UNCLE B. INTODUCED US WHEN I WAS KID IN NEW YORK. LOVED YOUR VOICE AND SPIRIT.
YOUR MEMORY WILL ALWAYS BE ALIVE AND YOUR VOICE CAN NEVER TRULY BE SILENCED.
CONDOLENES TO THE FAMILY LEFT WITHOUT YOU.
Posted by KAT - A LIFETIME FAN January 20, 2012
R.I.P. Etta, Your Music has brought many Smiles upon the world face.... You have lived a wonderful, joyous, and giving life!!!
Posted by SunShine - Fan January 20, 2012
Her song help me hard times. I still play her records after 50 yrs. She was one of my greatest female singers.
Posted by virginia gipson - redford, MI - a great fan of hers January 20, 2012
Your mazing voice will be missed and treasured at the same time. There will never be another Etta James. Have you seen Janis yet? We expect a duet
Posted by Sandi January 20, 2012
Such a sad day!!! ETTA JAMES will be so very sadly missed, but her beautiful voice will live on forever!!
Posted by Lani-Mae Cook - LOVING FAN January 20, 2012
Thankyou for the beautiful gift of music you have brought into my life Etta, Rest in Peace knowing that you will live on forever in our hearts and souls
Posted by Marion January 20, 2012
RIP Etta James, You are a inspiration to all women and my idol, Your music will always be heard in my home and truck, You have gave my 8 daughter a voice.
Posted by Adrienne - bigges fan ever January 20, 2012
My late husband and I loved listening to Etta James. Her song "At Last" was our song as I am sure it was for a lot of couples.
Rest in Peace dear lady!
Posted by Lucille Mays - a big fan January 20, 2012
she was , what she wanted to be ... GREAT ...... love chrissy main
Posted by chrissy l main - fan January 20, 2012
To the Family of Ms.Etta James, my deepest sympathy goes out to you. I will keep you in my prayers. Ms Etta James and my father played together a long time ago. My father's name is Classie Ballou(blues guitarist). From The Ballou Family, May God Bless and keep you strong.
Posted by CaCean Ballou - fan and friend January 20, 2012
WHO COULD FORGET ~ REST IN PEACE!
Posted by LYNNISE LINDSEY - a fan January 20, 2012
i cant beleive etta james is gone :( i was just telling taylor about her a couple of weeks ago and was playing her music please parent share history with your kids cause they really aint getting it in school it start at home she went threw her troubles but who has a percent life her songs brought happyness, love, and tears to us let not for her
Posted by monica mitchell January 20, 2012
For the many beautiful and heart-rendering songs, I shall always treasure Etta James and her magnificent spirit. Much Love.
Posted by Liz Mae Sargent - A loving fan January 20, 2012
A special going home tribute to Ms. James . She was truly a legend. She adorned us with such grace!!! Now she can sing for the Lord.,"At Last".Im proud to say we shared the same nickname . (Peaches). (smile)
Posted by Vekinna Mcclinton - Fan January 20, 2012
A great Blues Singer has gone home and we were blessed to have listened to and loved her music, which still rings in our hearts. Lady, you are missed, but never forgotten. May you rest in peace, for your long journey is over in this existence as we know it... Love to you from a fan!
Posted by Eileen P. Williamns - Fan January 20, 2012
I pray for your loved ones and wish you peace. You will always be loved and missed
Posted by Jill Einsmann - fan January 20, 2012
To the family: Mrs James wil surely be missed. In High School in Chicago I learned to play (At Last) by ear on my clarinet, cause I could not read a note (smile). So may God Bless the family. gjeanramsey
Posted by g.j.ramsey - Capital Heights, MD - A long time fan January 20, 2012
I REMEMBER AS A 11YR OLD-HER FIRST SONG -(WORKING WITH ME HENRY)YOU ETTA WILL BE MISSED---DR. VANCE ROSS,JR
Posted by DR.VANCE ROSS,JR - FAN January 20, 2012
"THANKS"Beautiful Lady,for your music and shows that graced our planet.You were "LOVED" by many music lovers over the planet.No more misery,pain and suffering.Etta is now in "SOUL HEAVEN" among all the singers and musicians who passed before her."REST IN PEACE"....
Posted by Nikki San Martino January 20, 2012
Rest in Peace Ms. James. Gone, but never forgotten. Now you can sing your beautiful music in heaven for the Lord. What an audience that will be!
Posted by Jeri Sorensen - Admirer January 20, 2012
God Bless you Ms. Etta James - thank you for being the intrepid and pioneering woman in this world. The millions of people you've touched, enlightened and inspired may they continue to keep your memory alive.
Posted by Aaron Garcia - Fan January 20, 2012
I saw Etta James at Villa Montalvo. Magnificent! Thank you Etta...it felt as though it was a private show. Your spirit will transcend the ages....
Posted by Annette - Fanv January 20, 2012
She was an icon in the music industry. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Joy Wodowski January 20, 2012
I CAN REMEMBER ALWAYS BEING FACINATED WITH HER VOICE. ONE THAT YOU CAN'T FORGET AND IS PLEASANT TO HAVE IN YOUR HEAD.
Posted by ONDRIA LEARY - fan January 20, 2012
YO SHALL REMAIN IN MY HEART,AND YOUR LEGACY OF SONG'S WILL ALWAYS REMIND ME OF YOU.REST IN PEACE,MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.
Posted by Jeanette - Antioch, CA - Fan January 20, 2012
Etta, I wanna say this from the bottom of my heart; thank you so much for everything you've done for us. The fans will miss you so much, and we relive your music, just as long as we inspire you. But 'It must be love.' God bless you, I love you, and we miss you. Love, Shawn!
Posted by Shawn Williams - Singer/Fan January 20, 2012
This Nov. 24, 2008 file photo shows Etta James arriving at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in Los Angeles.
Legendary singer Etta James points to her star after an unveiling ceremony on the Walk of Fame Friday, April 18, 2003, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. James' 1960 treatment of the song "At Last" has endured in popularity over the decades.
Etta James & The Roots Band perform Saturday, June 19, 2004, at the 26th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Etta James performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Saturday, April 29, 2006.
In this Sept. 22, 1974, photo, Muhammad Ali plays a few notes on the piano as singer Etta James looks on.
Etta James arrives at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008.
Etta James performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in a Saturday, April 29, 2006 file photo.
Etta James performs her all time hit "At Last" at "The 29th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival" at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, June 16, 2007 in in Los Angeles.