Friday, January 20, 2012

Etta James 1938-2012

The great singer Etta James has passed. She was always one of my favorite singers and in the early 70's  I introduced her music to many art world friends playing her music at dinners. About 12 years or so ago, I went to a concert of soul and blues divas at Lincoln Center which featured Ruth Brown, Irma Thomas, Coco Taylor and Etta. She was the last on the bill, and was very heavy and most likely not well at this time, she came out kicked off her shoes and did her set in her bare feet. She was extraordinary and brought the house down. I'm feeling sad, but so happy that I did hear and see her in person.


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