January 25, 1938 - Etta James

Jan 25, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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The late and great Etta James was born on this day in 1938. James died last year after a battle with leukaemia. R&B singer Beyoncé Knowlesissued this statement of gratitude for James’ contribution to music:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

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