Sad news for fans for fans of blues, R&B, soul, gospel, and amazing music in general—singer Etta James, most famous for her signature hit, “At Last,” died this morning in Riverside, California due to complications with leukemia. She was 73 years old.
Her manager, Lupe De Leon, stated that James passed away at Riverside Community Hospital, where the soul singer had been undergoing treatment for various serious conditions, including leukemia and dementia.
Etta James was born as Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 1938, to a 14 year old mother and an absent father. By age five, she was singing at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Her career spanned a kaleidoscopic array of genres, including rock ‘n roll, jazz, blues, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, and more, which earned her places in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.
Most famous for singing pop standards, James will likely be forever known for “At Last,” her 1961 cover of the pop standard originally written in 1941 and originally performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. An unforgettable song, “At Last” and its most notable singer, Etta James, have now become exactly that, together—unforgettable.
Source: The New York Times