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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 – The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock ‘N’ Soul Albums Collection

Written by admin on July 11, 2012 – 10:58 am -

Legacy Recordings releases the 7-CD “Etta James – The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock ‘N’ Soul Albums Collection” on August 28.

Etta James The box set features six original albums released on the Private Music label between 1997 and 2004, including the Grammy Award®-winning “Let’s Roll” (Best Contemporary Blues Album of 2003) and “Blues To The Bone” (Best Traditional Blues Album of 2004). Also included is a live session recorded in San Francisco in 1981, and issued on Private Music in 1994.

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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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“A Complete Introduction to Chess” 4-CD box set – review

Written by admin on July 9, 2010 – 9:28 pm -

A Complete Introduction to Chess CD box set Opening with Jackie Brenton and His Delta Cats’ classic “Rocket 88,” this four-CD box set features many of the strongest cuts released by Chess Records over a 20-year period.

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Harvey Fuqua dies aged 80

Written by admin on July 7, 2010 – 9:01 pm -

Harvey Fuqua died on Tuesday at a hospital in Detroit from “coronary problems” linked to an unspecified illness. He was 80-years-old.

Fuqua was a founding member of the doo-wop group the Moonglows and went on to become an important figure in the development of the Motown label.

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