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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 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". 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.James's deep and earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Etta James has received more than 6,355,159 page views. Her biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Etta James is the 190th most popular singer (down from 189th in 2019), the 1,192nd most popular biography from United States and the 62nd 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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  • 57

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  • 3.22

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  • 5.66

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Etta James ranks 190 out of 3,528Before her are Zarah Leander, Tori Amos, Joan Sutherland, Anna Netrebko, Desireless, and George Benson. After her are Franco Corelli, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Astrud Gilberto, Petula Clark, Drake, and Udo Jürgens.

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Among people born in 1938, Etta James ranks 66Before her are Ben E. King, Derek Jacobi, Bob Kahn, Terence Stamp, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and José Altafini. After her are Jerzy Skolimowski, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, Anthony James Leggett, J. J. Cale, Dean Reed, and Kenny Rogers. Among people deceased in 2012, Etta James ranks 44Before her are Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andrew Huxley, Eduard Khil, Joseph Murray, Sun Myung Moon, and Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. After her are Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, E. Donnall Thomas, Rodney King, Lucio Dalla, Erland Josephson, and Chadli Bendjedid.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Etta James ranks 1,192 out of 18,182Before her are Scott Wilson (1942), Frank Sheeran (1920), Dennis Quaid (1954), Wallace Carothers (1896), David J. Wineland (1944), and George Benson (1943). After her are Joe Satriani (1956), Elizabeth Montgomery (1933), Andrew Garfield (1983), Morgan Fairchild (1950), Fred Trump (1905), and Paul Krugman (1953).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Etta James ranks 62Before her are Chester Bennington (1976), John Denver (1943), Ben E. King (1938), Neil Diamond (1941), Tori Amos (1963), and George Benson (1943). After her are Sam Cooke (1931), Cass Elliot (1941), Kenny Rogers (1938), Tom Morello (1964), Dionne Warwick (1940), and Courtney Love (1964).