Etta James

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Legal name: Jamesetta Hawkins


Jamesetta Hawkins (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012), known professionally as Etta James, was an American singer who performed in various genres, including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, and soul. 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". She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James's deep and earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. She also received a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2003. Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time; she was also ranked number 62 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Billboard's 2015 list of "The 35 Greatest R&B Artists Of All Time" also included James, whose "gutsy, take-no-prisoner vocals colorfully interpreted everything from blues and R&B/soul to rock n’roll, jazz and gospel."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called hers "one of the greatest voices of her century" and says she is "forever the matriarch of blues."

James frequently performed in Nashville's famed R&B clubs on the so-called "Chitlin' Circuit" in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

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1960At Last!Etta James410
1961Miss Etta JamesEtta James4
1961The Second Time AroundEtta James32
1962Etta James Sings for LoversEtta James1
1962Etta JamesEtta James2
1965Queen of SoulEtta James32
1966Call My NameEtta James2
1968Tell MamaEtta James3
1970Etta James Sings FunkEtta James2
1970Losers WeepersEtta James32
1973Etta JamesEtta James1
1974Come a Little CloserEtta James33
1976Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!Etta James2
1978Deep in the NightEtta James3
1980ChangesEtta James1
1986Blues in the NightEtta James & Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson31
1988Seven Year ItchEtta James5
1990Stickin’ to My GunsEtta James32
1992The Right TimeEtta James32
1994Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie HolidayEtta James32
1995Time After TimeEtta James2
1997Love’s Been Rough on MeEtta James42
1998Life, Love & The BluesEtta James3
199812 Songs of ChristmasEtta James21
1999The Heart of a WomanEtta James32
2000Matriarch of the BluesEtta James2
2001Blue GardeniaEtta James34
2003Let's RollEtta James41
2004Blues to the BoneEtta James31
2006All the WayEtta James1
2011The DreamerEtta James2

Album + Compilation

1962Twist With Etta JamesEtta James1
1963Etta James Top TenEtta James2
1973Tuff LoverEtta James1
1982Etta James / The Leaves (La grande storia del rock)Etta James / The Leaves1
1983Her Greatest Sides, Volume OneEtta James1
1987R&B DynamiteEtta James3
1988At Her BestEtta James1
1988The Sweetest Peaches - Part One (1960-1966)Etta James1
1988The Sweetest Peaches, Part 2 (1967-1975)Etta James1
1988Tell Mama (compilation 14 tracks)Etta James2
1988Tell MamaEtta James1
1989Tell Mama, Volume 1Etta James1
1990The Best of Etta JamesEtta James1
1991Back in BluesEtta James31
1991Something’s Got a Hold on MeEtta James1
1992At LastEtta James1
1992I’d Rather Go BlindEtta James1
1992My Greatest SongsEtta James1
1993The Essential Etta JamesEtta James31
1993How Strong Is a Woman: The Island SessionsEtta James1
1993The Gospel Soul of Etta JamesEtta James1
1993The Soulful Miss PeachesEtta James1
1994Soul SummitGene Ammons / Sonny Stitt / Jack McDuff with Etta James1
1995These Foolish ThingsEtta James32
1996The Genuine Article: The Best of Etta JamesEtta James1
1996I Got You BabeEtta James1
1997Her BestEtta James2
1998Back 2 BackBillie Holiday / Etta James1
199920th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Etta JamesEtta James32
2000The Chess BoxEtta James1
2000The Best of Etta JamesEtta James1
2001Love SongsEtta James1
2001Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (compilation 22 tracks)Etta James32
2002Greatest Gospel Hits, Volume 1Etta James1
2002Greatest Gospel Hits, Volume 2Etta James1
2002Greatest Gospel Hits, Volume 2Etta James1
2002The Gospel Soul of Etta JamesEtta James1
2003Classic MastersEtta James1
2005The Best of the Modern YearsEtta James1
2005The Very Best of Etta James: The Chess SinglesEtta James1
2005Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern and Kent RecordingsEtta James1
2005Enduring SoulEtta James1
2005GospelEtta James1
2006The Definitive CollectionEtta James41
2006R&B SoulEtta James1
2007GoldEtta James1
2007JazzEtta James32
2008Love SongsEtta James1
2009Playlist: The Very Best of Etta JamesEtta James1
2009From the HeartEtta James1
2009Live and in the StudioEtta James1
2009The Inspirational CollectionEtta James1
2010The EssentialEtta James1
2010IconEtta James2
2011Who's Blue? Rare Chess Recordings of the 60s and 70sEtta James1
2011The Essential Modern Records CollectionEtta James31
2011At Last: The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1
2011Heart & Soul: A RetrospectiveEtta James1
2011The Best of Etta JamesEtta James1
2012At Last: The Best of Etta JamesEtta James31
2012Songbird - The Very Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1
2012The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock 'N' Soul Albums CollectionEtta James1
2012At Last! Plus the Second Time AroundEtta James1
2012At LastEtta James1
2012The Very Best of Etta JamesEtta James1
2013Original Album ClassicsEtta James1
2014Etta James (third album) Plus Sings For LoversEtta James2
2014It Takes Love to Keep a Woman: The Allen Toussaint SessionsEtta James1
2015At Last: The CollectionEtta James1

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