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Etta James
Born Jamesetta Hawkins, her history began in the early Fifties when the Los Angeles-born singer was first discovered by Johnny Otis while still a teenager. It was the bandleader and talent scout who produced her first hit, the saucy "Dance With Me Henry," which immediately topped R&B charts nationwide. Her tenure with Chess Records began in 1960 and would continue for sixteen incredible years with a string of landmark hits including her signature version of "At Last," "All I Could Do Was Cry," "My Dearest Darling," "Trust In Me," "Something's Got A Hold On Me," "Tell Mama," "Fool That I Am" and "Don't Cry Baby." Together they comprised a run of charting records that ranked Etta third, just behind Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick, as the most prolific female R&B vocalist of her era. Etta would continue to make definitive blues, soul and R&B 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. (

Ms. James is pictured here June 9th, 2003 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN.

selected discography:
Blues to the Bone (2004)
Let's Roll (2003)
Burnin' Down The House (2002)
Blue Gardenia (2001)
Matriarch of the Blues (2000)
Heart of a Woman (1999)
Life, Love & The Blues (1998)
Love's Been Rough On Me (1997)
Time After Time (1995)
Live from San Francisco (1994)
Mystery Lady (Songs of Billie Holiday) (1994)
Seven Year Itch (1990)
Love Songs (2001)
Her Best : The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (1997)
The Essential Etta James (1993)
Tell Mama- The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (1968)
Etta James Rocks The House [LIVE] (1964)
At Last (1960)
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Rockabilly Hall Of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame