Etta James died Friday morning from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side.
She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. The 73-year-old was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. She is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. 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. She was also convincing singing pop standards, as she did in 1961 with “At Last”.
Etta James – At Last