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Etta James

Etta James


1/25/1938, Los Angeles, California, USA



Birth Name

Jamesetta Hawkins


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    • Etta: (on Beyoncé Knowles after she sang "At Last" for President Barack Obama) You know that woman he had singing for him, (Obama) singing my song - she's going to get her a*s whipped. The great Beyoncé. I can't stand Beyoncé! She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' President day, singing my song that I've been singing forever.

    • Etta: You can't fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, that's got nothing to do with it. It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.

    • Etta: Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about. I just don't.

    • Etta: When I'm on the stage I'm not really Etta James, you know? I'm Jamesetta, and I'm just doing what I really, really love to do.

    • Etta: My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I am able to do that.

    • Etta: James Brown and I, we've always been tight from back in the day. We did a tour once, me, James and Jackie Wilson.

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