Friday, February 15, 2008

Etta James


Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by Amy Winehouse. I'm a Train Wreck too... can I have a Grammy? Oh, you need talent? Right.

Etta James, the rhythm and bluesy do-wopper from Los Angeles, was born Jamesetta Hawkins (1/25/1938) to an unwedded 16-year-old Dorothy Hawkins. Etta James began vocal training at the age of 5 and by the age of 14, was singing do-wop with a trio called The Peaches. Sometime during 1952, a gent by the name of Johnny Otis discovered the trio. They landed a hit called The Wallflower (Dance with me Henry) which granted them an opportunity to tour with Little Richard (Good Golly!) Being young and extremely "under-age", Etta was introduced to many adult situations and was rumored to form various addictions (drugs, alcohol, hotel soap).

In 1960, Ms James was granted a solo recording contract from Chess Records. From there she went on to release many R&B hits, one being the timeless At Last.

At the age of 70, Etta James is still creating music. She has recorded and released a "range of material that would render most singers helpless" ( Her rich vocals and passionate persona deliver music that speaks to the soul - music that intoxiates with boundless umph.

Here's to my queen of soul - I'd Rather Go Blind - Stormy Weather - Almost Persueded - Sunday Kind of Love - Something's Got a Hold on Me - Stop The Wedding


Staci Carroll said...

Love this post: I have never heard of her but now I want to check her out.

By the way, do you have to do research to do the Friday Flashbacks or do you have this information floating around in your head?

rabidrunner said...

It's floating around. See there's this special spot in my brain with extra synapses receptive to music trivia.

Actually I do some research.

The McMillans said...

Finally someone who shares my affinity for a strong painted eye brow.

Vera said...

Ahhh, Etta! Truly a great artist. I was planning to scream out the lyrics to stop the weeding at Princess#2's weeding, but I forgot! One of her best is Sunday Kind of Love (I just put that in my songs that make you well up).

For those who are new to the world of R&B/Blues singers, check out Mavis Staples (yes from the Staples Sings of the 70"s) and listen to Down in Mississippi.

I do live Etta, but "Nothing compares" to Billie Holiday!

Great post runner!

The McMillans said...

I love Sarah Vaughn, she's great, I have Holliday's greatest, that is a truly great CD. Vera you have everything, and great taste in music.

The McMillans said...

Oh, and you can have a Grammy, you just need to harness that train wreck inside of you and use other forms of enlightenment. Your strong foundation in being a good human being are getting in your way of Overdosing on illegal subastances silly.