THE LEGENDARY–ETTA JAMES–“THE WALLFLOWER”-1955

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THE WORLD LOST ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED FEMALE VOCALISTS OF ALL-TIME WITH THE PASSING OF ETTA JAMES ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012.  BORN JAMESETTA HAWKINS ON JANUARY 25, 1938 IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.  SHE FOUGHT FREQUENT BOUTS WITH DRUG ADDICTION AND FINALLY WAS CURED IN THE LATE 1970S.

HER HIT RECORDS ARE LEGENDARY…HER FIRST IN 1955…THE WALLFLOWER ON MODERN RECORDS (947) BECAME A #1 R&B HIT.  THE SONG ALSO KNOWN AS…ROLL WITH ME HENRY…IS THE ANSWER SONG TO HANK BALLARD’S…WORK WITH ME ANNIE”.

HIT AFTER HIT CHARTED ON VARIOUS RECORD LABELS THROUGHOUT THE 1960S AND 1970S.  HER CLASSIC HIT…AT LAST, WON A GRAMMY AWARD IN 1961.  HER LAST TOP 10 R&B HIT IS HER 1967 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME RECORDING OF…TELL MAMA.  ETTA CHARTED 30 R&B HIT SINGLE RECORDS AND 28 BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS.

HER WONDERFUL MUSIC WILL BE ENJOYED FOR YEARS TO COME…SHE IS TRULY A CLASSIC…THE LEGENDARY ETTA…

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