This morning we lost a great blues/jazz legend, Etta James. She would have been 74 next week. James is exceedingly well known for her blockbuster hits like Tell Mama and At Last. Her sultry voice captured and seduced many of us. Her talent and determination made her one of the 100 most successful artists in the history of the Billboard R&B charts.
James battled a serious heroin addiction in the 70’s and 80’s. One can only imagine the barriers she had to overcome as a black woman with great talent in the mid-20th century. I also love that she was a champion for the LGBT community and supporter of the “Drag Scene” in Los Angeles.
Etta James, you will be missed, but you have left an amazing legacy!