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A renewed public profile followed her appearance at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics in Zig Zag Zig Zag Etta James Etta James stage antics and a sassy attitude, James continued to perform and record well into the s. Always soulful, her Etta James Etta James voice was showcased to great effect on her recent private releases, including Blue Gardeniawhich rose to the top of the Billboard jazz chart.
InJames underwent gastric bypass surgery and lost over pounds. The dramatic weight loss Etta James Etta James an impact on her voice, as she told Ebony magazine that year. This team regrouped for her next effort, Blues to the Bonewhich brought James her third Grammy Award—this time for best traditional blues album. She participated in a tribute album the following year for jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, called We Love Ella.
As she entered her 70s, Etta James began struggling with health issues. She was hospitalized Etta James Etta James for a blood infection, along with other ailments. It was later revealed that the legendary singer suffered from dementia, and was receiving treatment for leukemia.
Her medical problems came to light in Etta James Etta James papers filed by her husband, Artis Mills. The two parties later worked out Etta James Etta James agreement. James released her latest studio album, The Dreamerin Novemberwhich received warm reviews.
A few weeks later, James's doctor announced that the singer was terminally ill. She has also been diagnosed with dementia Fela Ransome Kuti And The Africa 70 Open Close Hepatitis C," Dr.
Shortly afterwards she was involved in a relationship with the singer Harvey Fuquathe founder of the doo-wop group the Moonglows. Musician Bobby Murray toured with James for over 20 years. He wrote that James had her first hit single when she was 15 years old and went steady with B.
King when she was James believed that King's hit single "Sweet Sixteen" was about her. In her autobiography, she noted how impressed she was with the young singer's manners. She also recalled how happy he made her many years later when she found out that it was Presley who had moved her close friend Jackie Wilson from a substandard convalescent home to a more appropriate facility and, as she Etta James Etta James it, paid all the expenses. Presley died a year later.
Etta James Etta James went on to live Etta James Etta James another ten years in the care center Presley found for him. James sang background vocals for her labelmate Chuck Berry on his " Back in the U. Her debut album, At Last! Etta James Etta James the record was not as successful as expected, her rendition has become the best-known version of Etta James Etta James song. The album took the same direction as her first, covering jazz and pop standards and with strings on many of the songs.
An album of the same name Etta James Etta James also released that year and included her Etta James Etta James on Otis Redding 's " Security ". In her autobiography, Rage to Surviveshe wrote that she heard the song outlined by her friend Ellington "Fugi" Jordan when she visited him in prison.
Following this success, James became an in-demand concert performer though she never again reached the heyday of her early to mids success. Though James continued to record for Chess, she was devastated by the death of Leonard Chess in James ventured into rock and funk with the release of her self-titled album inwith production from the famed rock producer Gabriel Meklerwho had worked with Steppenwolf and Janis Joplinwho had admired James and had covered "Tell Mama" in concert.
The album, known for its mixture of musical styles, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Following this brief success, however, she left Chess Records Galt MacDermot And His Mid Manhattan Rhythm Section Shapes Of Rhythm did not record for another ten years as she struggled with Dense And Pika Colt EP addiction and alcoholism.
Though she continued Etta James Etta James perform, little was heard of James untilwhen she contacted David Wolper and asked to perform in the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympicsat which she sang " When the Saints Go Marching In ". Rock 'n' Roll. James participated with the rap singer Def Jef on the song "Droppin' Rhymes on Drums", which mixed James's Etta James Etta James vocals with hip-hop.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Also inshe recorded the album Time After Time. A Christmas album, Etta James Christmaswas released The Winners Lets Go After an excerpt of the song was featured in a Diet Coke advertising campaign in the UK, it reached the top ten on the UK charts Egyptian Empire The Horn Track Inshe received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
On her release, Blue Gardeniashe returned to a jazz style. James performed at the top jazz festivals in the world, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Khaled Khaled,and She performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival in,and She also often performed at free summer arts festivals throughout the United States.
James later said that her previous critical remarks about Knowles for having performed "At Last" at the inauguration of Barack Obama were a joke stemming from how she felt hurt that she herself was not invited to sing her song.
In Aprilat the age of 71, James made her final television appearance, performing "At Last" on the program Dancing with the Stars. She carried on touring but by had to cancel concert dates because of her gradually failing health, after it was revealed that she was suffering from dementia and leukemia. In NovemberJames released her final album, The Dreamerwhich Dennis Brown Sound Dimention Love Grows Less Problem critically acclaimed upon its release.
She announced that this would be her final album. Her continuing relevance was affirmed in when the late Swedish DJ Avicii achieved substantial chart success with the song " Levels ", which samples her song " Something's Got a Hold on Me ". The same sample was used by the east coast rapper Flo Rida in his hit single " Good Feeling ". Both artists issued statements of condolence upon James's death.
James possessed the vocal range of a contralto. It was not until the early s, when she began receiving major industry awards from the Grammys and the Blues Foundation, that she began to receive wide recognition. In recent years, she was seen as bridging the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Her song " Something's Got a Hold on Me " has been recognized in many ways. Another version, performed by Christina Aguilerawas in the film Burlesque. James encountered a string of legal problems during the early s due to her heroin addiction.
She was continuously in and out of rehabilitation centers, Etta James Etta James the Tarzana Treatment Centers, in Los Angeles, California. Her husband Artis Mills, whom she married Etta James Etta Jamesaccepted responsibility when they were both arrested for heroin possession and served a year prison sentence.
InJames was sentenced to drug treatment instead of serving time in prison. She was in the Tarzana Psychiatric Hospital Nico 3 Cale En Concert LEnfer 17 months, at the age of 36, and went through a great struggle at the start of treatment. In her autobiography, she said that the time she spent in the hospital changed her life. After leaving treatment, however, her substance abuse continued after she developed a relationship with a man who was also using drugs.
James had two sons, Donto and Sametto. Both started performing with their mother — Donto played drums at Granicus Granicus inand Sametto played bass guitar circa US : Gold .
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