Etta James

American singer (1938–2012)

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".

Etta James
Etta James


  • When I look out at the people and they look at me and they're smiling, then I know that I'm loved. That is the time when I have no worries, no problems.
  • I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.
  • I was just sitting here thinkin’ of your kiss and your warm embrace, when the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now revealed the tears that was on my face.

Song lyrics

  • I got a feeling, I feel so strange,
    Everything about me seems to have changed.
    Step by step, I got a brand new walk,
    I even sound sweeter when I talk.
  • I would rather, I would rather go blind boy
    Than to see you walk away from me child, and all.
    So you see, I love you so much
    That I don't want to watch you leave me baby.
    Most of all, I just don't, I just don't want to be free no.
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