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."
Etta never knew who her father was, but her mother claimed him to be legendary pool player Rudolf Walter Wanderon, aka Minnesota Fats.
She helped pave the way for rock and roll.
The King of The Jukebox.
The mother of rock & roll.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The blues follows the Great Migration north and plugs in.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.