Etta James, the world renowned jazz singer know for "At Last" has died at age 73

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  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Sad news indeed. What a voice, and I'm sure she was an amazing woman to know.

    From the NYTimes, By PETER KEEPNEWS:

    Who doesn't love "At Last"? At Last-Etta James - YouTube

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  2. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Yes, sad indeed. Still pretty incredible that her last album came out only three months ago... working right up to the end.
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  3. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    Deep inside I think I'm soul - as in Motown soul, so it's really sad to hear news like these. And there's not much new talent to fill the void left by these talents. Was hopeful about Amy, but she gone and went ahead.
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  4. Michael

    Michael Rookie

    Sep 7, 2010
    Western Australia
    Rest in peace Etta James. Her voice, was the very essence of the blues. She sang with such sincerity heart muscles would constrict. Long may she be remembered...
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Etta wasn't anything like Motown - she was part of the same Chess Records Chicago sound that also handled Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, and others. A lot less smooth and "pop" than Motown - much more rooted in the blues. All of Etta's recordings in her hey-day were on either Chess or one of their subsidiaries, like Argo. She was a good one for sure. I saw her open for somebody once, but I don't recall who, probably in the late '70s through mid-80s when I was going to a LOT of shows...

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  6. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I hear this. While I've always enjoyed the Motown sound... my true love lies more toward the earthier Chicago and Memphis sounds. Chess/Stax/Atlantic, etc.
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