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R.I.P: Legendary Blues Singer Etta James Loses Battle To Leukamia [1/25/1938 – 1/20/2012]

Filed under : Entertainment, Music

I am sad….

Legendary singer Etta James passed away this morning in Riverside, California. She was 73.

A force in the music industry so much so, Beyonce portrayed her in Cadillac Records, a movie about the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America’s musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James. . .

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in 1990 that she [Etta James] had “one of the great voices in American popular music, with a huge range, a multiplicity of tones and vast reserves of volume.”

According to The New York Times, her manager, Lupe De Leon, said that the cause was complications of leukemia. Ms. James, who died at Riverside Community Hospital, had been undergoing treatment for some time for a number of conditions, including leukemia and dementia.

Etta James also lived in Riverside.

Her best known song was the ballad “At Last,” from her debut album of the same name, recorded in 1961, just after she signed with Argo, a subsidiary of Chess Records. Ms. James has received six Grammy Awards during the course of her life…

The lyrics from her famous song:

At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last

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Ms. James’s survivors include her husband of 42 years, Artis Mills; two sons, Donto and Sametto James; and four grandchildren.

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