Friday, January 20, 2012
Today, the music world lost another beauty, the legendary voice of American singer Etta James. Beginning her career in the mid-1950s, her musical style evolved over the decades, covering many genres including blues, R&B, rock and roll, soul, gospel, and jazz. Influential in bridging the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, she earned six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards, and is ranked #22 of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In early 1961, James' soul/blues single "At Last" reached #2 on the R&B, even crossing over into the pop charts, hitting #47, and has since become her signature song. James was suffering from leukemia and passed away at Riverside Community Hospital in California, just five days away from her 74th birthday. Farewell to another great one.