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Monday, January 12, 2009

Etta James

Etta James a legendary Songstress....

Just around the time Cadillac Records was due to hit the big screen - while I was traveling-  I heard a news report that Etta James had passed away.   I've searched the internet recently and I don't see any news whatsoever that she has died.  So I guess it was a mis-report of misinformation.  

I learned of Ms. James through my mother years and years ago.  As many young women, I
 decided that I would dance to her song "At Last" at my wedding.  I did just that!

This is the month of her birth (Jan. 25, 1938), so I thought it fitting to note her in my blog.
She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in LA, California.  According to wikipedia, Dorothy, her mother was African-American and just fourteen years of age and not married when Etta was born.  Etta's father, Rudolph "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone was a Caucasian pool player and he allegedly paid them support money on the condition that they kept his paternity a secret.

Ms. James is a multi-Grammy award winner and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the Grammy Hall of Fame both in 1999 and in 2008!




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