Etta James

1938 - 2012

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Jamesetta Hawkins (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012), known professionally as Etta James, was an American singer and songwriter who performed in various genres, including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, and soul. 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Etta James has received more than 7,450,363 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia. Etta James is the 215th most popular singer (down from 189th in 2019), the 1,361st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,192nd in 2019) and the 73rd most popular American Singer.

Etta James is best known for her soulful, gritty vocals. She has been a major influence on many other singers, such as Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt.

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  • 7.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 60.65

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 57

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.39

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.55

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, Etta James ranks 215 out of 4,381Before her are Britney Spears, Asmahan, Kris Kristofferson, Caterina Valente, Mylène Farmer, and Boris Christoff. After her are Chavela Vargas, George Benson, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Vicky Leandros, Teresa Berganza, and Mario Del Monaco.

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Among people born in 1938, Etta James ranks 80Before her are Anthony James Leggett, Ian Stewart, Ben E. King, Michael Rockefeller, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and Luigi Tenco. After her are David Irving, Taha Yassin Ramadan, Elliott Gould, Terence Stamp, Tereza Kesovija, and Leonardo Boff. Among people deceased in 2012, Etta James ranks 60Before her are Eduard Khil, Chadli Bendjedid, Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Herbert Lom, Ben Gazzara, and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.. After her are Chavela Vargas, Rodney King, Helmut Haller, Bingu wa Mutharika, Joseph Murray, and Harry Harrison.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Etta James ranks 1,361 out of 20,380Before her are John Mott (1865), Donald J. Cram (1919), Don King (1931), Stephanie Kwolek (1923), Cybill Shepherd (1950), and John Backus (1924). After her are John G. Avildsen (1935), Tyler Perry (1969), Dave Mustaine (1961), Mike Powell (1963), Martin Balsam (1919), and George Benson (1943).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Etta James ranks 73Before her are Dionne Warwick (1940), Ben E. King (1938), Mahalia Jackson (1911), Dr. Dre (1965), Britney Spears (1981), and Kris Kristofferson (1936). After her are George Benson (1943), George Strait (1952), Neil Diamond (1941), Phil Ochs (1940), Kim Carnes (1945), and DJ Khaled (1975).