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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Etta James Etta James04.JPG James performing in France, July 1990 Background information Birth nameJamesetta Hawkins Also known as Miss Peaches The Matriarch of R&B BornJanuary 25, 1938 Los Angeles, California, US DiedJanuary 20, 2012 (aged 73) Riverside, California, US Genres Blues R&B soul gospel Occupation(s)Singer InstrumentsVocals Years active1954–2012 Labels Modern Chess MCA Argo Crown Cadet Island PolyGram Private RCA RCA Victor Elektra Virgin EMI Verve Forecast Universal Associated acts Harvey Fuqua Johnny Otis Sugar Pie DeSanto Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind".[1] She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.[2] James's powerful, earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.[3] Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time; she was also ranked number 62 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, but was removed from that list in the 2011 "Special Collector's Edition" update.[4][5]

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