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Song of the Week #165 – “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Written by admin on April 21, 2014 – 9:32 pm -

Etta James

Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” is Song of the Week on Classic Pop Icons.

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Etta James dies aged 73

Written by admin on January 20, 2012 – 6:16 pm -

Etta James died today from complications of leukaemia, aged 73. Etta passed away at Riverside Community Hospital in California with her husband and sons at her side.

Etta was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles on January 25, 1938 and began singing in a church choir before moving to San Francisco where she formed a group called the Creolettes with two other girls. The group were auditioned by Johnny Otis, who renamed them The Peaches and also came up with the Etta James stage name. Otis, who died earlier this week, would write and produce their number one R&B hit, “The Wallflower,” also known as “Roll With Me, Henry” and “Dance With Me, Henry.”

Etta James

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