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Etta James

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Etta James

American singer add

Category: Music

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (72%), Turkey (5%), United Kingdom (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Blues, At Last, Johnny Otis

Linked to: Island Records, The Rolling Stones, EMI, MSNBC

 

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Etta James was born in 1938 add something


1950

Her death came three days after that of Johnny Otis, the man who discovered her in the 1950s add something

 

In 1950, Mama Lu died, and James' real mother took her to the Fillmore District, San Francisco add something

 

Soul music - Important innovators whose recordings in the 1950s contributed to the emergence of soul music included Clyde McPhatter, Hank Ballard, and Etta James


1951

Johnny Otis - Around the time Otis moved to the Mercury label in 1951, he discovered vocalist Etta James at one of his talent shows, who was only 13 at the time


1954

James recorded the version, which she was allowed to co-author, in 1954, and the song was released in early 1955 as "Dance with Me, Henry" add something

 

Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "Roll With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics add something


1959

The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye - Both songs were released on the Chess label in 1959 and during this period the group sung background for notable Chess acts including Chuck Berry on the song "Almost Grown", and Etta James' "Chained to My Rocking Chair"


1960

Following this success, James became an in-demand concert performer though she never again reached the heyday of her early-to-mid 1960s success add something

 

When her contract with Modern came up in 1960, she decided to sign with Leonard Chess' namesake label, Chess Records, and shortly afterwards got involved in a relationship with singer Harvey Fuqua, founder of the doo-wop group, The Moonglows add something

 

Bruce Robb (producer) - He is most recognized for his active role in the formative years of the music industry: first as a member of The Robbs during the music revolution of the 1960s, as a founder of Cherokee Studios in the 1970s; followed by decades of producing, engineering and recording with artists like Mos Def, Macy Gray, Henry Rollins, Steve Vai, The Lemonheads, John Mellencamp, Steve Cropper, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Art_Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Del Shannon, Wilson Pickett

 

Joe Tex - In 1960, he left Ace and briefly recorded for Detroit 's Anna Records label, where he scored a Bubbling Under Billboard hit with his cover version of Etta James' "All I Could Do Was Cry"

 

At Last - In 1960, it was covered by blues singer Etta James in an arrangement by Riley Hampton that improvised on Warren's melody


1961

In early 1961, James released what was to become her signature song, "At Last", which reached number two on the R&B chart and number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 add something


1962

Ann Cole - Her only record for Roulette was "Have Fun", which reached no. 21 on the R&B chart at the end of 1962; its B-side, "Don't Stop The Wedding", an answer song to Etta James' "Stop The Wedding", reached no. 99 on the pop chart


1963

In 1963, she had another major hit with "Pushover" and released the live album "Etta James Rocks the House", which was recorded at the New Era Club in Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee add something


1964

George Soule (musician) - In 1964 his song "Someone" was recorded by Sue Thompson and covered by Frank Ifield and Etta James


1965

After a couple years scoring minor hits, James' career started to suffer after 1965 add something


1969

Her husband Artis Mills, whom she married in 1969, accepted responsibility when they were both arrested for heroin possession and served a 10-year prison sentence add something

 

Though James continued to record for Chess, she was devastated by the death of Chess founder Leonard Chess in 1969 add something


1970

James encountered a string of legal problems during the early 1970s due to her heroin addiction add something

 

She continued to chart in the R&B Top 40 in the early 1970s with singles such as "Losers Weepers" and "I Found a Love" add something


1973

James ventured into rock and funk with the release of her self-titled album in 1973 with production from famed rock producer Gabriel Mekler, who had worked with Steppenwolf and Janis Joplin, who had admired James and had covered "Tell Mama" in concert add something

 

Pete Cosey - Prior to joining the Miles Davis band in 1973, Cosey was a busy session guitarist with Chess Records, playing on records by Etta James, Fontella_Bass , Rotary Connection, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters


1974

In 1974, James was sentenced to drug treatment instead of serving time in prison add something

 

The album did not produce any major hits, neither did the follow-up, "Out On the Street Again", in 1974, though like "Etta James" before it, the album was critically acclaimed add something


1976

Ralph Bass - He was there until 1976, working with blues, gospel, R&B, and rock and roll artists, including Clara Ward, the Soul Stirrers, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson


1977

Monterey Jazz Festival - James has performed at the top world jazz festivals in the world, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, 1989, 1990 and 1993, performed nine times at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival five times add something


1978

James continued to record for Chess releasing two more albums in 1978, "Etta Is Betta Than Evah" and "Deep in the Night", which saw the singer incorporating more rock-based music in her repertoire add something


1980

She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album "The Seven Year Itch" add something

 

The members of the Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization set up in Memphis, Tennessee, Tennessee, to foster the blues and its heritage, have nominated James for a Blues Music Award nearly every year since its founding in 1980; and she has received some form of Blues Female Artist of the Year award 14 times since 1989, continuously from 1999 to 2007 add something


1981

He was released from prison in 1981 and was still married to James at her death add something


1988

In 1988, at the age of 50, she entered the Betty Ford Center, in Palm Springs, California, for treatment add something


1989

From 1989, James received over 30 awards and recognitions from eight different organizations, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which organizes the Grammys add something

 

In 1989, James signed with Island Records and released the album "Seven Year Itch" add something

 

In 1989, the newly formed Rhythm and Blues Foundation included James in their first Pioneer Awards for artists whose "lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music" add something

 

She released a second album, produced by Barry Beckett, in 1989 titled "Stickin' to My Guns" add something


1990

It was not until the early 1990s when James began receiving major industry awards from the Grammys and the Blues Foundation that she began to receive wide recognition add something


1992

In 1992, James released "The Right Time" produced by Jerry Wexler on Elektra Records and the following year, James was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


1993

She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008 add something


1994

Her first was in 1994, when she was awarded Best Jazz Vocal Performance for the album "Mystery Lady", which consisted of covers of Billie Holiday songs add something

 

The album won James her first Grammy Award for best jazz vocal performance in 1994 add something


1995

In 1995, she released the David Ritz-co authored autobiography, "A Rage to Survive", and recorded the album "Time After Time" add something


1996

Due to exposure of the song in a UK commercial, the song reached the top ten of the UK charts in 1996 add something


1997

Jimmy Zavala - In 1997, Jimmy joined the legendary Etta James, becoming a member of her Roots Band


1998

Three years later she issued the Christmas album "Etta James Christmas" in 1998 add something


2001

In 2001, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the latter for her contributions to the developments of both rock and roll music and rockabilly add something

 

Chloe Rose Lattanzi - In 2001, she joined her mother on stage singing "At Last," a cover of the Etta James hit, and "You Loved Me Into It" from "The Wilde Girls"

 

JoJo - JoJo's live demo, Joanna Levesque, recorded in 2001, features covers of soul and RB songs, including Wilson Pickett's 1966 "Mustang Sally", Etta James's 1989 "It Ain't Always What You Do (It's Who You Let See You Do It)", Aretha Franklin's 1968 "Chain of Fools" and 1969 "The House That Jack Built", The Moonglows' 1956 "See Saw", Stevie Wonder's 1972 "Superstition", and The Temptations' 1975 "Shakey Ground".


2002

Todd Cerney - He composed "Good Morning Beautiful", a 2002 five-week country number one hit for Steve Holy ; "The Blues Is My Business" , part of Etta James' 2003 Grammy *award winning album "Let's Roll"; and "I'll Still Be Loving You", a 1987 country number one hit for Restless Heart


2003

In 2003, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award add something

 

In 2003, she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award add something

 

Two other albums have won awards, "Let's Roll" in 2003, and "Blues to the Bone" in 2004 add something


2004

Her 2004 release, "Blue Gardenia", returned James to a jazz music style add something


2005

Her final album for Private Music, "Let's Roll", was released in 2005 and won James a Grammy for best contemporary blues album add something


2006

Alexa Ray Joel - In 2006 Joel said "I like slow-burning jazz songs," and in 2008 cited Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Billie Holiday and Etta James as influences


2008

During her hospitalization, her son Donto revealed that James had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008, and attributed her previous comments about Beyoncé Knowles to "drug induced dementia" add something

 

In 2008, James was portrayed by Beyoncé Knowles in the film, "Cadillac Records", loosely based on the rise and fall of James' label of 18 years, Chess Records, and how label founder and producer Leonard Chess helped the career of James and other label mates, though it was noted that James was successful prior to her signing with Chess Records add something

 

Beyonce - Beyoncé further expanded her acting career, starring as blues singer Etta James in the 2008 musical biopic, "Cadillac Records"

 

Love on Top - Inspired from her state of mind while playing Etta James in the 2008 musical biopic "Cadillac Records", Beyoncé wrote the song alongside Terius Nash and Shea Taylor; its production was handled by Taylor and Beyoncé


2009

Though James and Knowles were later seen at a red carpet event following the film's release embracing each other, James expressed her displeasure with Knowles at a Seattle concert in January 2009, a few days after Knowles sang her song, "At Last", at the first inaugural ball for Barack Obama add something

 

In April 2009, the 71-year-old James made her final television appearance performing "At Last" during an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars" add something


2010

In 2010, she received treatment for a dependency on painkillers add something

 

James carried on touring but by 2010 had to cancel concert dates due to her gradually failing health after it was revealed that she was suffering from dementia and leukemia add something

 

James was hospitalized in January 2010 to treat an infection caused by MRSA, a bacterium that is resistant to most antibiotic treatment add something


2011

James's continuing relevance was affirmed in 2011 when the Swedish DJ Avicii achieved substantial chart success with the song "Levels", which samples her 1962 song, "Something's Got a Hold On Me" add something

 

She was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2011 add something

 

"Levels" was used by rapper Flo Rida in his hit 2011 single "Good Feeling add something

 

In November 2011, James released her final album, "The Dreamer", which was critically acclaimed upon its release add something

 

Little Milton - It was chosen by Etta James as the final track in her final album The Dreamer in 2011


Etta James died in 2012 add something

 

The illness became terminal and she died on January 20, 2012, just five days before her 74th birthday, at Riverside, California Community Hospital in Riverside, California, California add something

 

Johnny Otis - Otis died of natural causes on January 17, 2012, in the Altadena area of Los Angeles, California just three days before Etta James, whom he had discovered in the early 1950s

 

Flo Rida - Following the death of Etta James on January 20, 2012, Flo Rida dedicated the song in her memory

 

Stevie Wonder - On January 28, 2012, Wonder and Christina Aguilera gave a musical tribute at Etta James' funeral

 

Bonnie Raitt - In February 2012, Raitt performed a duet with Alicia Keys at the 54th Grammy *awards in 2012 honoring Etta James

 

I Will Always Love You - On February 12, 2012, Hudson performed the song as a tribute during the 54th Grammy *awards, the day after Houston's death, alongside images of musicians who had died in 2011 and 2012, including Amy Winehouse and Etta James