Etta James


History of Etta James

  • Etta James was an American artist who ranged from multiple genres including rock and roll, jazz, blues, R&B/Soul and gospel
  • She was born on January 25, 1938 and died on January 20, 2012
  • She faced many personal problems because of her drug addiction
  • James never knew who her dad was and her mother was never around. She spent most of her time with her foster parents, "Sarge" and "Mama" Lu.
  • James received vocal training when she was 5 years old from a man named James Earl Hines
  • James would sing at her church which resulted in her being a very popular singing attraction
  • In 1950, Mama Lu died. After that, her biological mother took her to San Francisco and she joined a girl group called Creolettes.
  • After she joined the Creolettes, she met Johnny Otis. He helped the group sign to Modern Records and changed the groups name from Creolettes to the Peaches
  • Johnny Otis also changed James' name from Jamesetta (her original name) to Etta James
  • Etta James has won six Grammy's and 17 Blues Music Awards
  • She was put into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and 2008
  • According to Rolling Stones she was number 22 out of the top 100 Greatest Singers of all time

What propelled Etta James to fame?

  • Etta James wrote her first hit single at the age of 15 and worked with B.B King until she turned 16
  • Her song "My Dearest Darling" peaked to the top 5 on the R&B chart
  • "At Last" peaked to number 2 on the E&B chart and number 47 on the top 100 billboard

Songs by Etta James

  • "At Last" 1961
  • "I'd Rather Go Blind" 1994
  • "I Just Wanna Make Love to You"
  • 1961"Sunday Kind of Love" 1961
  • "Fool That I Am" 1961
  • "My Dearest Darling" 1961
  • "Trust In Me" 1961

Albums by Etta James

  • At Last, 1961
  • Tell Mama, 1968
  • Blues to the Bone, 2004
  • Queen of Soul, 1965
  • The Best of Etta James, 2000

Characteristics of Rhythm and Blues

  • The bands usually contain guitar, piano, saxophone, bass drums and sometimes backup vocals
  • Lyrics are often based off of African-American experience with freedom, pain, and joy.
  • Lyrics are on heavily on the themes of triumphs and failures in economics, relationships and freedom

"At Last"

S- piano, bass, strings, main vocals, drum set

H- strings, piano, bass, drum set

M- main vocals

R-slow, in 4

G- moderate; line

intro, verse 1, verse 2, bridge, verse 3, outro


Etta James - At Last - Lyrics


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