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  1. SlickRick83
    Joined: Mar 9, 2009
    Posts: 185

    from merced

    Singer Etta James dies at the age of 73. She would have turned 74 on Wednesday.
  2. Ghost of ElMirage
    Joined: Mar 18, 2007
    Posts: 758

    Ghost of ElMirage

    just read it on line very ,very sad. RIP Etta
  3. Her, and Johnny Otis on the weekend
  4. At Last,,probably her greatest song IMHO. HRP
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  5. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,778

    from California

    singers just don't sing like that anymore. now it's all about fireworks and costumes and dancers.
  6. farmergal
    Joined: Nov 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,074

    from somewhere

    talk about in peace Etta James!
  7. beauishere
    Joined: Mar 17, 2004
    Posts: 607


    We've been lucky to have these talented folks to enjoy during our lifetime.

    Weird note; I always considered Johnny Otis one of the greatest rhythm & blues bandleaders ever. Found out today he was white. Crazy.
  8. One of the finest Vocal Singles EVER recorded.

    She had a terrible childhood, with an absentee whore of a Mother and a father she never knew (rumored to be Minnesota Fats, the white man that was the worlds most famous Pool Player). One of her "caregivers" Sarge used to beat her to force her to sing for his drunken buddies when she was a kid. Johnny Otis took her under his wing when she was only 14 and gave her a career. He died three days ago at 90.
    RIP, you will be truly missed.
  9. Otis was well-known for his choice to live his professional and personal life as a member of the African-American community. He has written, "As a kid I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black."
    He was actually Greek. His wife Phyllis was black so his famous son, Musician Suggie Otis is half & half.
  10. Merlin
    Joined: Apr 9, 2005
    Posts: 2,546

    from Inman, SC

    Rest in peace Etta James.
  11. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,435


    I saw Suggie Otis at the Filmore East when he was 14 years old. (1969-70?) I didn't know he was Johnny's son.

    Listened to Etta earlier this week. RIP.
  12. 201
    Joined: Dec 17, 2002
    Posts: 344


    Tonight(Friday) on "Fresh Air" on NPR they are rebroadcasting an interview with Johnny Otis from the early '90's.Hope they play his "Wedding Song!!" It will crack you up. Sounds like a Fats Waller song.
  13. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

    My favorite female singing voice of all the popular music genres.

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    She will be dearly missed. :(
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  14. I have had the good fortune to see her perform in a small venue twice. Both times I was standing belly up to the stage no more than 6 or 7 feet from her. What a thrill it was to have her look me right in the eye and grin while singing "At Last."

    RIP Ms. James. Thank you for the joy you've brought us. You will be missed.
  15. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,154

    Atwater Mike

    'Unforgettable'... I met Etta James in Santa Cruz (Calif) in 1964 when I was playing a job with Big Mama Thornton.

    A real lady, gracious to a fault.
  16. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

    Wow, you got to play with Big Mama Thornton ? That's great.

    No other female soulful voice creeps under your skin and makes a home in your heart, quiet like Etta's.
  17. You played with Big Mama??? What do you play?

    Too bad Etta never recorded Unforgettable ......
  18. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,507

    from Michigan

  19. Soreback
    Joined: Nov 25, 2007
    Posts: 223


    Truly an unmatched female vocalist. RIP:(
  20. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,872

    from Reno, NV

    Her voice makes basically every famous singer nowadays look pathetic. I hope shes in a better place now, leadin' the choir of angels.
  21. I had the pleasure of driving Etta on a short tour a few years ago. A wonderfuly nice lady. Rest in peace Ms. James..
  22. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    I was fortunate to hear her sing at the pocono's blues festival a few years back,Live her voice was amazing ,,,I heard the news today Sad
  23. Damn I Am green Big Moma T and Etta ! wow her light burned so bright and long sounds like the lord is ready for some song,
  24. The movie had a tribute to her, "Chess Records", she could have, should have her own autobio movie that pays tribute to her, but there are others as well that should.
  25. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213


    RIP one of my favorite female vocalists of all time....chess records was one of those movies that you wish could have been a little more in depth but who knows...maybe one day they'll have a movie about her
  26. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,257

    Road Runner

    She was one of the last remaining great original artists with their own unique voice and soul that everyone can recognize at once.
    Very few artists alive today have such quality.

    Her music and soul will remain alive forever.
  27. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,117

    Roger O'Dell

    R.I.P. Loved her music

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