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 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". 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 powerful, deep, 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 5,242,990 page views. Her biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Etta James is the 189th most popular singer (down from 137th in 2019), the 1,193rd most popular biography from United States (down from 892nd in 2019) and the 60th 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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Among singers, Etta James ranks 189 out of 3,541Before her are Claude François, Chavela Vargas, Udo Jürgens, Mario Del Monaco, Mario Lanza, and Ken Shimura. After her are Chris Norman, Mercédès Jellinek, Kyu Sakamoto, Britney Spears, Sam Cooke, and Petula Clark.

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Among people born in 1938, Etta James ranks 69Before her are Anthony James Leggett, Bill Withers, Ayaz Mutallibov, Dean Reed, Derek Jacobi, and Viktor Chernomyrdin. After her are Wim Kok, Issey Miyake, Frank Langella, Eddie Cochran, Ted Turner, and Bob Kahn. Among people deceased in 2012, Etta James ranks 49Before her are Rauf Denktaş, Miguel de la Madrid, Sergey Sokolov, George Armitage Miller, Chavela Vargas, and Carl Woese. After her are Joseph Murray, Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, Lucio Dalla, Andrew Huxley, Harry Harrison, and Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Etta James ranks 1,193 out of 15,968Before her are Mario Lanza (1921), Edith Wharton (1862), J. Allen Hynek (1910), Jim Belushi (1954), Jerome Karle (1918), and John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899). After her are Joseph Murray (1919), Eric Roberts (1956), Sam Walton (1918), Bette Midler (1945), Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861), and Brooke Shields (1965).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Etta James ranks 60Before her are Tony Bennett (1926), Al Jarreau (1940), Laura Branigan (1952), Bill Withers (1938), Tori Amos (1963), and Mario Lanza (1921). After her are Britney Spears (1981), Sam Cooke (1931), Dr. Dre (1965), Trini Lopez (1937), Courtney Love (1964), and Dionne Warwick (1940).