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James, Etta, 1938-2012

  • [Individual was a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, a Grammy Lifetime Achievment award awardee.]

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    • Hawkins, Jamesetta, 1938-2012
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    • found: Seven year itch [SR] p1988:label (Etta James)
    • found: LC data base, 12-13-91(hdg.: James, Etta, 1938-)
    • found: Rage to survive, 1995:CIP t.p. (Etta James) galley (b. Jamesetta Hawkins, Jan. 25, 1938)
    • found: New York times WWW site, Jan. 20, 2012(Etta James; b. Jamesetta Hawkins, Jan. 25, 1938, Los Angeles; d. Friday morning [Jan. 20, 2012], Riverside, Calif., aged 73; most often referred to as a rhythm and blues singer; was also comfortable, and convincing, singing pop standards; among her four Grammy Awards was one for best jazz vocal performance)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed February 16, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(James, Etta; Jamesetta Hawkins; rhythm and blues musician / singer, blues musician / singer; born 25 January 1938 in Los Angeles, California, United States; formed the singing trio the Creolettes with two sisters, Jean and Abysinia Mitchell (1952); the trio made records in Los Angeles with Johnny Otis who renamed the group The Peaches and created Jamesetta's stage name, Etta James; released the song “The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)” (1955) which reached number 1 on the R&B charts; pursued a solo career; toured with Charles Brown, Otis Redding, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson (1950s); signed a recording contract with Chess Records (1960); released many successful duets, including “If I Can't Have You,” (1960); her single “All I Could Do Was Cry” (1960) reached number two on the R&B charts;“Tell Mama” became a top-10 hit on the R&B charts (1967); was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1993) and into the Blues Hall of Fame (2001); received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003); died 20 January 2012 in Riverside, California, United States)
    • found: Great R & B duets, ℗2000:container (Betty & Dupree; performers of "I hope you're satisfied," ℗1959; Etta & Harvey; performers of "If I can't have you," ℗1960) insert (Betty & Dupree were Etta James and Harvey Fuqua; later recorded as Etta and Harvey)
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    • [Individual was a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, a Grammy Lifetime Achievment award awardee.]
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