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As opposed to the movie "Cadillac Records", which really was largely true to the * spirit* of the Blues produced by Chess Records, there was no. Jerry Zaks's film offers a fictionalized biography of Leonard Chess, the No dates are given for Etta James's hit “At Last,” but it appears. Etta James, who has died aged 73 after suffering from leukaemia, was a difficult, combative relationship with her mother across many decades. James In Leonard Chess, the founder of Chess Records, sent James to.
James never again enjoyed a major US hit, although she continued to record strong material. Perhaps her voice, so raw and emotionally expressive, was too fierce for the general public.
Etta James obituary
Indeed, hurt, anger and self-destructive behaviour boiled beneath the surface of her vocals. Once asked to describe her style, she responded that singing allowed her to vent "all this bitch shit inside of me".
James became a natural replacement for Joplin after the latter's death in Teamed with Joplin's collaborator Gabriel Meckler inJames began to record rock songs: A shift to Warner Brothers in did not return her to a wide audience and, although she often worked with major producers, James remained beloved more by critics and blues-soul aficionados than a mass audience.
When paired with the right producer and material, she delivered superb albums: Seven Year ItchMatriarch of the Blues and even her swansong The Dreamer find her interpreting lyrics with grace and venom.
In James recorded Mystery Lady, the first in a series of jazz vocal albums where she channelled the influence of Billie Holiday. This brought her to yet another audience. James won six Grammy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having finally conquered her drug addiction inshe began to struggle with her weight — inweighing more than lb, she had gastric bypass surgery and lost lb, which allowed her to return to active singing and performing.
James publicly criticised her, then later offered an apology, suggesting that she was upset not to have been invited to sing herself. She added that she would have sung the song better.
Rage to Survive, James's autobiography, was published in and proved as blistering as her singing. She is survived by her husband and her sons, Donto and Sametto. When her contract with Modern came up for renewal inshe signed a contract with Chess Records instead. Shortly afterwards she was involved in a relationship with the singer Harvey Fuquathe founder of the doo-wop group the Moonglows.
Musician Bobby Murray toured with James for over 20 years.
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He wrote that James had her first hit single when she was 15 years old and went steady with B. King when she was James believed that King's hit single "Sweet Sixteen" was about her. In her autobiography, she noted how impressed she was with the young singer's manners.
She also recalled how happy he made her many years later when she found out that it was Presley who had moved her close friend Jackie Wilson from a substandard convalescent home to a more appropriate facility and, as she put it, paid all the expenses. Presley died a year later.
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Wilson went on to live for another ten years in the care center Presley found for him. James sang background vocals for her labelmate Chuck Berry on his " Back in the U. Though the record was not as successful as expected, her rendition has become the best-known version of the song. The album took the same direction as her first, covering jazz and pop standards and with strings on many of the songs. An album of the same name was also released that year and included her take on Otis Redding 's " Security ".
In her autobiography, Rage to Survive, she wrote that she heard the song outlined by her friend Ellington "Fugi" Jordan when she visited him in prison.
Following this success, James became an in-demand concert performer though she never again reached the heyday of her early to mids success. Though James continued to record for Chess, she was devastated by the death of Leonard Chess in James ventured into rock and funk with the release of her self-titled album inwith production from the famed rock producer Gabriel Meklerwho had worked with Steppenwolf and Janis Joplinwho had admired James and had covered "Tell Mama" in concert.
The album, known for its mixture of musical styles, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Following this brief success, however, she left Chess Records and did not record for another ten years as she struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism.
Later career[ edit ] Though she continued to perform, little was heard of James untilwhen she contacted David Wolper and asked to perform in the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympicsat which she sang " When the Saints Go Marching In ".
Jump the Blues Away. Many of the backing musicians were top-flight players from Los Angeles: James participated with the rap singer Def Jef on the song "Droppin' Rhymes on Drums", which mixed James's jazz vocals with hip-hop.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Songs of Billie Holiday. Also inshe recorded the album Time After Time. A Christmas album, Etta James Christmas, was released in