Etta James

Etta James

The powerful singer "At Last" and "Tell Mama."

Founded

January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California

Full Name

Jamesetta Hawkins

Date of Birth

January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California

Still Alive

Date of Death

January 20, 2012 in Riverside, California

Influenced By
Later Influenced
Promotional photo of Etta James, 1960.
Promotional photo of Etta James, 1960.

About The artist

Etta James is difficult to pigeonhole. She was famous as a rhythm and blues performer but was equally adept at singing straight blues, jazz or pop. The celebrated producer Jerry Wexler once called her "the greatest of all modern blues singers."

Did you know...

Etta never knew who her father was, but her mother claimed him to be legendary pool player Rudolf Walter Wanderon, aka Minnesota Fats.

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