Etta James

Singer Etta James is a singer who is comfortable belting out blues, R&B, gospel and rock notes.  She began her career in the 1950s as part of the Peaches.  She branched off to record her own songs for Chicago's Chess Records subsidy Argo.  The duets with Moonglow lead singer Harvey Fuqua, "If I Can't Have You" and "Spoonful," became breakout hits for her in the 1960s.  Outside of the studio, she faced court-ordered drug rehab  In 2003, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Beyonce played Etta James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records.

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