Etta James

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Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and was the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 At Last! Etta James 4.5 4
1961 The Second Time Around Etta James 3 2
1962 Etta James Sings for Lovers Etta James 1
1963 Etta James Top Ten Etta James 1
1968 Tell Mama Etta James 2
1970 Losers Weepers Etta James 2
1973 Etta James Etta James 1
1986 Blues in the Night Etta James & Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 1
1988 Seven Year Itch Etta James 1
1994 Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday Etta James 3 2
1997 Come a Little Closer Etta James 1
1998 12 Songs of Christmas Etta James 1
1999 The Heart of a Woman Etta James 1
2001 Love Songs Etta James 1
2001 Blue Gardenia Etta James 3 2
2003 Let's Roll Etta James 4 1
2009 From the Heart Etta James 1
2011 Call My Name Etta James 1
2011 The Dreamer Etta James 1
2012 Queen of Soul Etta James 1
Hickory Dickory Dock Etta James 1
I'd Rather Go Blind Etta James 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 R&B Dynamite Etta James 1
1988 tell mama Etta James 1
1988 Tell Mama (compilation 14 tracks) Etta James 2
1992 At Last Etta James 1
1992 My Greatest Songs Etta James 1
1993 The Essential Etta James Etta James 1
1996 The Genuine Article: The Best of Etta James Etta James 1
1997 Her Best Etta James 2
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Etta James Etta James 1
2000 The Best of Etta James Etta James 1
2000 The Chess Box Etta James 1
2005 The Very Best of Etta James: The Chess Singles Etta James 1
2005 Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings Etta James 1
2005 Gospel Etta James 1
2006 The Definitive Collection Etta James 1
2007 Gold Etta James 1
2007 Jazz Etta James 1
2009 Playlist: The Very Best of Etta James Etta James 1
2010 The Essential Etta James 1
2010 Icon Etta James 2
2011 Who's Blue? Rare Chess Recordings of the 60s and 70s Etta James 1
2011 The Essential Modern Records Collection Etta James 1
2011 Heart & Soul: A Retrospective Etta James 1
2012 The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock 'N' Soul Albums Collection Etta James 1
2012 At Last: The Best of Etta James Etta James 1
2012 At Last! Plus the Second Time Around Etta James 1
2013 Original Album Classics Etta James 1
2014 Etta James (third album) Plus Sings For Lovers Etta James 1

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