Friday, January 20, 2012

RIL: Etta James (January 25, 1938- January 20, 2012)

One of the most sensual & fiery warm voices we've ever heard passed away today. Etta James, who became more popular to this generation recently when Beyonce played her in the lead role of Cadillac Records and sang her hit " At Last " for President Obama & Mrs. Obama's first dance as a couple in office, was battling leukemia, Hep C, and a few other ailments. Known for her bold voice, personality, and staple blonde hair & dark eyebrows, Etta's fans adored everything about her. Her voice will never be duplicated and her classics will live on for the world to enjoy for years to come. Close friend and manager De Leon released these words to the press:
" This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world. She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category. I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always."
James died just shy of her 74th birthday. My prayers go out to her family/friends. Hear one of her last performances of her classic hit "At Last" after the jump.

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