Etta James

Blues, Musical Artist

1938 – 2012


Who was Etta James?

Etta James was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.


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Jan 25, 1938
Los Angeles
Also known as
  • Jamesetta Hawkins
  • Eita James
  • Miss Peaches
  • The Matriarch of R&B
  • African American
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
Jan 20, 2012
Resting place
City of Refuge church

on July 23, 2013