Etta James Dies at 73

Rucuss staffJanuary 20, 2012

Legendary soul singer Etta James died after a 2  year battle with chronic leukemia on Friday.

Etta, who was born Jamesetta Hawkins, died at the age of 73. She was best known for hits “At Last,” “All I Could Do Was Cry,” “Tell Mama,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and “Good Rockin’ Daddy.”

She learned to sing in church, and first recorded professionally as a member of the all-girl doo-wop group the Peaches, with whom she’d score a #1 hit “The Wallflower,” an answer to Hank Ballard’s “Work With Me, Annie”. Soon after that song’s success, James left the group and toured with the likes of Little Richard and Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

James’ health had been in decline for several years. Her son Donto told reporters in 2010 that James had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In January 2011, her husband sought control of her finances because she was extremely ill because of leukemia.

In December, James’ live-in physician told a California newspaper that the singer was “terminally ill” and asked “for the prayers of her fans and friends.”

James’ final album, The Dreamer, was released in November. James leaves behind two sons and her husband.

Check out her performance of ‘At Last.’

RIP Etta James. Thanks for the memories!

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