Etta James, legendary blues singer, known for her hit “At Last” died on Friday morning in Riverside, California. She died at age 73. Her manager, Lupe De Leon, said the cause of death was complications of leukemia. Etta James, who died at Riverside Community Hospital, has been undergoing treatment for several diseases, including leukemia and dementia. She also lives in Riverside.
Etta listed his name in the 1950s with singles like Good Rockin ‘Daddy. She entered in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.
Etta James Biography
Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as “Dance With Me, Henry”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind” for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album The Seven Year Itch.
James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.
Famous hit At Last
“At Last” is a 1941 song written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical film Orchestra Wives, starring George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. In 1960, it was covered by Etta James in an arrangement that improvised on Warren’s melody. James’ version was the title track in the same-named album At Last! and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
At Last Lyrics by Etta James
At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine