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Who was/is Etta James ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more


When Etta James sings a heartwarming ballad or a sensual love song, one can confidently assume that she has lived every line of it. Etta had a stormy life full of highs and lows, but she kept getting up and singing.

Born in Los Angeles on January 25, 1938, Jamesetta Hawkins was a five-year-old girl who inspired the congregation of St. Paul Baptist Church, where she sang gospel under the direction of Professor James Earle Hines. Her mother shipped her off to San Francisco at 12. A few years later James formed the vocal group The Creolettes with sisters Jean and Abye Mitchell.

Doo-wop wasn't her only passion. We liked the King Sisters, we liked James Moody and'How Deep Is The Ocean', we loved Dave Brubeck, we loved Gerry Mulligan', says Etta James. The trio saw Hank Ballard and his Midnighters at a dance performance, and they were so excited about their Work With Me Annie that they wrote a reply song, Roll With Me Henry. One of the Mitchells met bandleader Johnny Otis at the Primalon Ballroom and persuaded her sister and James to take a taxi and come to the audition at Otis' hotel. When they arrived, the teenager Etta got a little queasy in the face of this late evening situation. I was so shy,' she says.'He said,'Go to the bathroom and sing!It worked - Otis immediately booked a studio in L.A. and produced the song for Modern under the less suggestive title The Wallflower.

The vocal group became The Peaches and Jamesetta Hawkins also got a new name from Otis. "He knew my first name was Jamesetta,' she says.'He just turned it around and called me Etta James.'" The Wallflower topped the R&B charts in 1955, but Georgia Gibbs' embarrassingly boring cover version destroyed any hope of a pop crossover success for Etta James switched to the Chess sub-label Argo in 1960. Leonard Chess was a real record manager,' says Etta, whose friend Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows aroused her interest in singing old standards like At Last and Trust In Me.

These string lined ballads made her a star in 1961,'I remember Leonard walking through the control room, I saw him through the separation window,' says Etta. The hits dwindled, so Chess sent Etta to Muscle Shoals in August 1967 - a change that refreshed her career with the fervently hot R&B top ten success of Tell Mama.

Rick Hall's rhythm section included keyboardists Spooner Oldham and Barry Beckett, guitarists Jimmy Johnson and Junior Lowe, bassist David Hood and drummer Roger Hawkins, surrounded by a full load of horns. On the back of Tell Mama, released on Chess' Cadet label, was the moving I'd Rather Go Blind. A guy named Ellington Jordan was in prison in Los Angeles. He was at Chino Prison,' says Etta. He said:'I want you to visit me here in the institution, because I have a great song. But I only have part of it.' So we went there to visit him. You had a day room with a piano. And he started playing on it and said:'All we have to do here is put a bridge on it, then we've got it. "We'll share it." I said, "Okay." I sat there with him, we added a bridge and got it all going. Then we went home and everyone was crazy about it. "I owed the state money at the time, so we ended up giving the name of my son's father (as co-author)." Jordan recorded the song in 1969 for Chess under the exotic artist name Fugi. I'd Rather Go Blind was a hit for Chicken Shack that same year on Mike Vernon's Blue Horizon label in England with Christine Perfect as singer - soon after she married, was called Christine McVie and joined Fleetwood Mac.

Bill Dahl from PLUG IT IN! TURN IT UP! electric blues 1939-2005 - The Definitive Collection! "Plug It In! Turn It Up - Electric Blues 1939 - 2005" on Bear Family Records won the prestigious award in the category'Best historical album' at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenneessee, on May 9th. The unique 12-part CD documentary provides for the first time a comprehensive view of the history of this important genre, irrespective of the boundaries that individual record companies point out. Our author Bill Dahl from Chicago was there and accepted the prize in front of about 1,300 blues musicians, journalists and fans. The Blues Music Awards, which are presented annually in Memphis for the best Blues releases, are considered the most important award worldwide and are also called the'Oscars of the Blues'.



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Etta James: Tell Mama (180gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: BAF18026
 

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LP, 180gram vinyl, original cover, soul/blues, 12 tracks Etta James‘ greatest ever album, and one of the greatest Soul LPs of all time! Original stereo version, re-mastered from the original tapes! Contains the hits Tell Mama and Security! Also contains the...

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Etta James: The Irrepressible (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMM13
 

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(Music Melon) 57 tracks

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Etta James: The Very Best Of - The Chess Singles (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD9827041
 

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(2005/UNIVERSAL) 53 tracks 1960-75 - Jewelboxes w.Slipcase / last copies out of print!

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Etta James: Something's Got A Hold On Me (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LP772187
 

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(Waxtime) 27 tracks - The complete 'Chess' and 'Argo' singles from 1960 to 1962

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Etta James: Miss Etta James - Complete Modern & Kent 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDCHM21085
 

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(2005/ACE) 42 tracks (feat.The Peaches/Betty & Dupree(Harvey Fuqua) Thoroughly 'Modern' Etta - here's a long-overdue, definitive 2CD set containing one take of every recording Ms James made of Modern and Kent Records between 1954 and 1958, plus every surviving...

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Etta James: 12 Songs Of Christmas
Art-Nr.: CDCMG40730
 

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(2005/Sony BMG) 12 tracks, new recordings.

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Etta James: Etta Betta Than Evvah!
Art-Nr.: CDKEND388
 

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(1973-76 'Chess') (76:24/20) Her 1976 Chess album plus 10 mid-70s bonus cuts.

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Etta James: I Just Want to Make Love to You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSBLUE086
 

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(2012/Snapper Music) 23 tracks, digipack

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Etta James: Losers Weepers (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND361
 

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(1969-73 'Cadet/Chess') 22 tracks incl. Bonus (75:10/22) One of the best ideas that anyone at Ace has come up with in 2011 occurred when my colleague Mick Patrick proposed a series of expanded versions of several of Etta James’ Argo, Cadet and Chess albums...

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Etta James: Love Songs (Sony - BMG)
Art-Nr.: CD722377
 

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(1995-99 'Sony Music') (45:59/10)

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Etta James: Good Rockin' Mama
Art-Nr.: LPHIQ009
 

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(2013/ACE) 14 R&B killers from her 1950/60s Modern & Kent recordings (incl. alternates). Limited Edition Pink Vinyl! Hickory Dickory Dock This Girl Knows How To Rock!*****  

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Etta James: At Last
Art-Nr.: CDCHD12017
 

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(1960 'Chess') (40:30/14) * = re-issue bonus tracks

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Etta James: Who's Blue? Rare Chess 1960s-1970s (CD)
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(1960-76 'Chess') (67:49/24) (1960-76 'Chess') (67:49/24) In the annals of R&B’s great unsung heroines, you won’t find Etta James. Nobody’s idea of an underdog, she recorded prolifically for over 50 years and can hardly be said to have...

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Etta James: Tears Of Joy - Modern & Kent Sides 1955-1961 (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LP772179
 

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(2017/Wax Time) 18 Tracks - Her classic recordings for the Modern, Kent and Crown labels 1955-1961, incl. her fabulous hits 'Good Rockin' Daddy', 'Tough Lover', 'W-O-M-A-N', and 'Hickory Dickory Dock'!

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Etta James: The Chess Box (3-CD Box)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD312288
 

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(1960-74 'Chess') (229:16/72) Verschwenderisch aufgemachte CD-Langbox mit ihren größten Erfolgen und einigen wenigen unveröffentlichten Titeln. Kommt in einer schönen, buchähnlichen Verpackung mit 42-seitigem, großformatigem und 4-farbigem Buch / lavishly...

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Etta James: Rocks The House
Art-Nr.: LPJP029
 

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(2014/Jackpot) 11 tracks. 1963 'Chess'

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Etta James: At Last! (LP, Purple Vinyl, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: LPJPR037P
 

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(2016/Universal Special Markets) 14 tracks. Limited Color Pressing in Purple Vinyl 4 bonus tracks not on original Etta James Debut Studio Record Mastered By Kevin Gray Etta James debut LP originally released in 1960, featuring the classic hit song 'At Last'....

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Etta James: Time After Time - Mystery Lady (2-CD Album)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOAT6121
 

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(2012/Floating World) 23 tracks. Throughout her long career , the US R & B singer has all the ups and downs - Hits , fame , crash and drug addiction. That their powerful voice carries so much passion and belief in...

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Etta James: Queen Of Soul (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND377
 

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2012 'Kent GB', 23 tracks. Her 1964 album (10 tracks) plus bonus tracks

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Etta James: Love's Been Rough On Me - Life, Love & The Blues (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFLOAT6138
 

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Two original albums on one CD.

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Etta James: Deep In The Night (180g silent vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPPPAN3156
 

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(2014/Pure Pleasure) 10 tracks. Her 1978 Warner album. Etta James (voc); Plas Johnson, Jim Horn (sax); Larry Carlton, Cornell Dupree, Brian Ray (g); Keith Johnson (el-p); Richard Tee (p); Chuck Rainey (b); Tom Roady (perc); Jeff Porcaro (dr); a.o.

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Etta James: Call My Name (CD)
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The 'Call My Name' album, recorded in late 1966, augmented by 12 more tracks, recorded between 1966 and '69.

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Etta James: At Last (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDOS608
 

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(2017/DOL) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1961 'Argo' album on red vinyl plus four bonus tracks

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Etta James: Rocks The House
Art-Nr.: CDCHD9184
 

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(1963 'Chess') (42:08/11)

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Etta James: Hickory Dickory Dock
Art-Nr.: CDCHM680
 

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(1956-61 'Modern/Kent') (56:51/22) Enthält / contains her hits: 'Hickory Dickory Dock' und 'W-O-M-A-N'.

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Etta James: Love's Been Rough On Me
Art-Nr.: CD821402
 

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(1997 'Private Music') (41:13/10)

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Etta James: Time After Time
Art-Nr.: CD821282
 

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(1995 'Private Music') (64:38/12)

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Etta James: Tell Mama - Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions
Art-Nr.: CDCHESS112518
 

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the definite Etta James album.

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Etta James: The Dreamer
Art-Nr.: CD1612802
 

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Etta James died January 20, 2012. She will be remembered as one of the greatest vocalists of her generation and for her r&b anthem, 'At Last'. 'The Dreamer' will remain her last studio album, recorded although she was diagnosed with Alzheimer, and leukemia. It shows...

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Etta James: Etta James (CD,LP) (180g)
Art-Nr.: LPDOX331
 

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(2014/Doxy) 12 tracks. Her 1962 album plus 2 bonus tracks.

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Etta James: 19 Greatest Hits
Art-Nr.: LPVP80032
 

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(2013/Vinyl Passion) 19 tracks - All the US chart songs Etta James  had for the Modern and Chess labels between 1955 and 1963!

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Etta James: James, Etta Etta James
Art-Nr.: CLP5360
 

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Pur Plaisir (1954-1958 'Ace Records)

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Etta James: Heart And Soul - A Retrospective (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1554502
 

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Beautiful, linen-bound 4-CD edition covering more than 50 years of Etta James' career, from her early rough and rocking r&b sides, to her later years elegant black music. This awesome combination of newly re-mastered music, biography, and discography, along with...

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Etta James: Essential Etta James (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD7717732
 

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(1994-2005 'Sony Music') (161:13/31)

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Etta James: Tough Woman (2-CD) Early 1955-60
Art-Nr.: CDJAS30134
 

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Etta James - Tough Woman (2-CD) Early 1955-60

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Etta James: Blue Gardenia
Art-Nr.: CD115802
 

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(2000 'Private Music') (67:22/13) Etta James goes Jazz. Dies erinnert eher an Sarah Vaughn oder Ella Fitzgerald denn an ihre R&B-Hits / in the tradition of the greatest female jazz vocalists.

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