American Blues Singer Etta James Dies at 73

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Fri, Jan 20th, 2012 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

American blues singer Etta James, known for her famous hits such as At Last, Tell Mama, and I'd Rather Go Blind, died Friday morning in Riverside, California. She was 73.

From The New York Times obituary:

She began singing at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles at 5 and turned to secular music as a teenager, forming a vocal group with two friends. She was 15 when she made her first record, Roll With Me Henry, which set her own lyrics to the tune of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' recent hit Work With Me Annie. When some disc jockeys complained that the title was too suggestive, the name was changed to The Wallflower, although the record itself was not.

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