Etta James, (born Jamesetta Hawkins) passed away today in Riveside, California. Just 5 days from her 74th birthday, she died from complications of Leukemia. From Blues to Rock & Roll, Etta’s voice bridged a gap between multiple genres. My personal favorites “I’ll I Could Do Was Cry”, “At Last”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind” were among some of her top hits.
Although she faced some demons with drug addiction earlier in her career she overcame to become one of the greatest singers of all time; winning six Grammys, 17 Blues Music Awards and voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
I’m sad to see you go but happy you are no longer in pain. R.I.P Etta James