She is renown for turning “At Last” into a timeless classic that will forever adorn the dance floors of North America – however big or small.
It was the same song that was controversially sung by Beyoncé Knowles, as opposed to Ms. James, for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in 2009. Nevertheless, this iconic music figure will be missed greatly for her contribution to so many memories accompanied by her ageless sound.
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the music career of Etta James included six Grammy awards as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. James announced her retirement just prior to the release of her final album, “The Dreamer,” in November 2011. She died at the age of 73 on Friday, January 20th from a host of ongoing health ailments, including kidney failure, leukemia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Rest in peace Etta James. Long live your music, and may it continue to inspire the memories dreams are made of for years to come.