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  Etta James - Biography - AOL Music
James has hung in there from the age of R&B and doo wop in the mid-'50s through soul's late-'60s heyday and right up into the '90s and 2000s (where her 1994 disc Mystery Lady paid loving jazz-based tribute to one of her idols, Billie Holiday).
Etta James' voice has deepened over the years, coarsened more than a little, but still conveys remarkable passion and pain.
In concert, Etta James is a sassy, no-holds-barred performer whose suggestive stage antics sometimes border on the obscene.
music.aol.com /artist/etta-james/387/biography   (730 words)

 Etta James   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Though Etta James needs no introduction, she has been aptly described as: "One of the great forces in American Music." "Considered by many to be one of the greatest vocalists since Billie Holiday." "Etta James embodies the heart and soul of R & B...an elemental force of nature.
Etta's debut hit was renamed "The Wallflower" because of it's suggestive title, and was banned until she re-released it as "Dance With Me Henry" which topped the R&B chart for four weeks in 1955; Followed by her second big hit 'Good Rockin' Daddy', which rolled up the charts to number six.
In concert, Etta James is a sassy, no-holds-barred performer with occasional suggestive stage antics which are drawfed by her mighty talent.
theettazone.blogspot.com   (881 words)

 Etta James - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Blues, RandB and Gospel singer.
Etta James was born to an unmarried 14-year-old African American mother.
James was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Etta_James   (1621 words)

 Etta James - a Review of The Phantom Tollbooth
Etta James is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has been nominated for the Grammy award six times, owns one Grammy, is on multiple movie sound tracks, written a book, and has been a vocal legend for decades.
But Etta James is a legend not satisfied to rest on her laurels.
James’ meaty voice is surrounded by skilled musicians playing tightly together, yet with enough improvisation and riffing to add plenty of flavor.
www.tollbooth.org /2000/reviews/ettajames.html   (1011 words)

 Rolling Stone : Etta James: Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
She sings classy ballads, pop, jazz, soul, and rock, too, but at its best, Etta James' work is everything you want from the blues: impassioned, intelligent, deeply felt, and just plain painful.
James was born in 1938, and she remains a vital touring and recording artist to this day, but it was during the '60s, recording for Chess Records, that she became one of the crucial R&B singers of our time.
Love's Been Rough on Me (1997) is described by James in her liner notes as "a country record" (it was recorded in Nashville, with, for the most part, Nashville-based musicians, and produced in Music City by Barry Beckett), but this being James, the blues is in its veins.
www.rollingstone.com /artists/ettajames/biography   (649 words)

 Welcome to Etta-James.com
Etta James has seen it all: in a life lived to the full, she has experienced all the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the joy, the pain and then, rejuvenation, reinvention and renewal.
Etta 2006 is, in the words of one of her many classic albums, ‘betta than evah,’ with a new spring in her step, a new lease on life and of course a new CD that showcases her enduring talent.
ALL THE WAY is, Etta proclaims, an album that allows her “to sing the songs that people need to hear” and in looking back at her illustrious career, that’s been a constant theme for five decades from 1955 after she was first discovered by Johnny Otis while still a teenager.
www.etta-james.com /bio.html   (1518 words)

 Etta James
Etta James now takes the stage and gets right into a heavy first number called, “Come To Mama.” Etta lets it all hand out on this very first musical contribution.
Etta proceeds to touch herself on the bosom and in the groin in expressive ecstasy.
Etta puts her whole heart and soul into this delivery and lets it all out on the stage for us to see and feel.
www.bboogie.com /Etta_James.htm   (2081 words)

 The Seattle Times: Music & nightlife: At last, Etta James is in a sunny place
Last time Etta James played here, she tooled onto the stage in a candy-apple-red motorized wheelchair and sang sitting down.
While James seemed just a novelty at first, only a few years after she made "Henry" came one of the most incandescent pop performances ever recorded.
James is said to be happier than ever with her new, svelte body.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/musicnightlife/2003192273_etta13.html   (723 words)

 Outback Concerts
What serves as an absolute revelation, however, is how Etta James has so triumphantly returned to the source of her own inspiration, the musical foundations of one of the most enduring and original careers in annals of modern music.
Etta would continue to make definitive blues, soul and RandB music over the next four decades, including her acclaimed 2003 release, Let's Roll, and garnering a reputation as a world class live performer in the process.
Etta's criterion for selecting the dozen tracks of Blues To The Bone was simple: "I sang what I felt," she asserts.
www.outbackconcerts.com /index.htm?id=5035   (876 words)

 ETTA JAMES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Etta needs no introduction - she is one of America's finestvoices; a household name and one of a few classic R&B/rock'n'roll femalevocalists with a powerful, confident singing style, renowned for itsperfect sense of timing.
Etta James grew up in 40s and 50s west coast America; at a time when asudden influx of immigrants looking for work at shipyards encouraged arapid growth in the local entertainment industry, with a thriving musichub in Los Angeles.
By the age of 15, Etta had formed a vocal trio with two friends and achance performance caught by Johnny Otis, initiated her journey tosuccess.
www.rockabillyhall.com /EttaJames.html   (401 words)

 Etta James News - Page 2
It's pretty safe to say that somewhere along the road in her lengthy career, Etta James undoubtedly performed in some dark, steamy blues joints that were as hot as the Ravinia pavilion was on Sunday night.
At 68, Etta James is a blues shouter, a torch singer and, according to the sequined letters on her T-shirt last night, a thug luva.
Etta James had sung but one song -- the sinister, druggy, funk number Out on the Street Again -- when a woman in Toronto's Hummingbird Centre balcony abruptly got up to leave.
www.topix.net /who/etta-james/page2?scoring=d   (949 words)

 Etta James Biography : Oldies.com
The 1973 album Etta James earned her a US Grammy nomination, despite her continued drug problems, which she did not overcome until the mid-80s.
James was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993, prior to her signing a new recording contract with Private Records.
James is really on a role at the present time; a truly remarkable career.
www.oldies.com /artist-biography/Etta-James.html   (573 words)

 Review | Let's Roll by Etta James
When professor James Earle Hines took five-year-old gospel prodigy Jamesetta Hawkins under his wing at the Los Angeles Baptist church choir, the World Trade Center wouldn't even be conceived for nearly three decades, and it would be half a century before the towers came roaring horribly down.
It is a lot to say that James, after all this time and struggle, can still approach the triumph of her trademark "At Last," her monumental 1961 soul hit, but throughout "Let's Roll," James revisits themes of passion and consequence with the unmistakable sincerity borne of so many wounds.
But while the aforementioned artists strain to capture those traditional sounds lurking vaguely beneath the surface of their musical achievements, Etta James is merely unleashing the ghosts that have inhabited her voice since the first day she stepped into that L.A. church choir.
www.bluecoupe.com /jazz/ettaletsroll.html   (724 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Best of Etta James: Music: Etta James   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Etta was one of the finest R+B singers of the sixties and early seventies, with an incredible voice and an amazing ability to interpret a song.
Maybe Etta was inspired to try this by Ray Charles' re-interpretation of country songs, but whatever the reason she did it, the result is impressive.
Etta's only UK hit of her own came following its use in a TV commercial in 1996 - it made the UK top five and is, of course, the raunchy opening track here, I just wanna make love to you.
www.amazon.co.uk /Best-Etta-James/dp/B00004U8S9   (832 words)

 Etta James: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
James has hung in there from the age of RandB and doo wop in the mid-'50s through soul's late-'60s heyday and right up to today (where her 1994 disc Mystery Lady paid loving jazz-based tribute to one of her idols, Billie Holiday).
Etta James 's voice has deepened over the years, coarsened more than a little, but still conveys remarkable passion and pain.
Although Chess hosted its own killer house band, James traveled to Rick Hall 's Fame studios in Muscle Shoals in 1967 and emerged with one of her all-time classics.
www.music.com /person/etta_james/1/biography   (890 words)

 LivinBlues- Etta James
Etta was there from the age of RandB and Doo Wop mid-'50s through Soul's '60s heyday and right up to the present, where her disc Mystery Lady, pays tribute to her idol,
Leonard Chess viewed Etta James as a classy ballad singer with pop crossover potential, backing her with lush violin orchestrations for 1961's luscious At Last and Trust in Me. But James's rougher side wasn't forsaken.
Etta received the RandB Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1989 and was inducted into the RockandRoll Hall of Fame in 1993, and was also inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 2001.
www.livinblues.com /bluesrooms/ettajames.asp   (365 words)

 At Last! - Etta James - Song Listings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry,"...
James made both the R&B and pop charts with the album's title cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," and "Trust in Me." What makes At Last a great album is not only the solid hits it contains, but also the strong variety of material throughout.
James would go on to even greater success with later hits like "Tell Mama," but on At Last one hears the singer at her peak in a swinging and varied program of blues, R&B, and jazz standards.
www.mp3.com /albums/67191/summary.html   (505 words)

 Ink 19 :: Etta James
Like Aretha Franklin (arguably her only peer with as much natural ability in the RandB vocal field), Etta James is such a phenomenally gifted interpreter, she can sing practically anything and inject it with soul, passion, and an intensity that would not have been evident in the hands of lesser talents.
Kicking off with her first track for the Chess label, 1960's "All I Could Do Was Cry," James had already found her vocal style, and even the smarmy arrangement complete with angelic background singers and faceless accompaniment, can't contain James as she lets loose on the chorus and nearly blows out the microphone.
Like the female equivalent of Ray Charles, James owns every genre she works in, as evidenced by her version of Gene Autry's country weeper "Be Honest with Me," one of the box's ten previously unreleased tracks.
www.ink19.com /issues/october2000/wetInk/musicJK/ettaJames.html   (344 words)

 Etta James
"Etta James" (born January 25, 1938) is an American R&B and gospel singer.
James released several duets with Harvey Fuqua (of The Moonglows) that became major R&B hits, as well as her classic "At Last." However, her mainstream success was limited.
Drug-related and romantic problems interfered with her career, but James managed to maintain a career throughout the latter half of the 20th century and was inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Blues Hall of FameBlues Halls of Fame.
www.artistopia.com /etta-james   (445 words)

 Amazon.ca: At Last: Music: Etta James   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Although Etta's voice is raw and powerful, it has a beauty to it that is completely unique to her.
Etta James is raw, real, powerful, strong and to the point.
Etta James is one of this country's unheralded treasures and everytime I listen to this album, I am reminded of how much we need true artists like her to keep good music from going bad.
www.amazon.ca /At-Last-Etta-James/dp/B00000JNNY   (810 words)

 Etta James News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Etta James Music legend Etta James has been wowing critics and fans for more than 50 years.
If Etta James had a personal slogan, that would be it.
As her latest album All the Way proves, Etta James is far from being a 'little lamb who's lost in the wood.' Any misdirection in her career would have steered her clear of such a confident attempt at covering...
www.topix.net /who/etta-james   (695 words)

 Ink 19 :: Etta James
A trio of releases from the divalicious Etta James deftly showcases her immense talent.
James herself and dedicated to her own role models, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae.
Ms James' voice smolders and purrs through the re-mastered classics (originally recorded in the 1960s and '70s.) The stellar "At Last" sets the mood, and stands out as the best track on Love Songs.
www.ink19.com /issues/march2001/wetInk/musicJ/ettaJames.html   (194 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Her Best: Music: Etta James   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
My mother has been a fan of Etta James for many years and has most of the songs featured on this album, on different LPs lying about the house.
A happy arrangement in the Studio meant that Etta's work hit the high spots and 'Tell Mama' was among the best selling R and B records for 16 weeks.
Etta actually co-wrote 'I'd Rather Go Blind' [one of my all time favourite tracks, although I prefer 'Chicken Shacks' version] with an inmate at Chino prison, while her version of 'Security', both written and sung by Otis Redding outsold the original.
www.amazon.co.uk /Her-Best-Etta-James/dp/B000005KQE   (838 words)

 Etta James in Dallas Fort Worth, TX - AOL City Guide
You may not remember her first hit, 'Roll With Me, Henry,' as Etta James recorded it when she was 16.
James' career has outlasted most of her peers' and has two chapters.
In 1993, James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1994, she received that elusive Grammy (as well as the W.C. Handy Award for Blues Female Vocalist).
search.cityguide.aol.com /dallas/entertainment/etta-james/e-3386936   (297 words)

 Etta James CD Review
Etta James has been busy in the studio of late.
The album may be made up solely of cover versions, but the James imprint appears on all of the tracks.
James fans will buy this one anyway, but there may be a number of jazz fans who will also be tempted to dip their toe in the water.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/2001/ettajames-bluegardenia-gb.html   (488 words)

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