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Etta James

voc, 1938-2012 US, Los Angeles
Singer of R&B/Soul and Blues
A.k.a. Jamesetta Hawkins Jamesetta Rogers

American R&B/soul contralto vocalist (born January 25, 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA - died January 20, 2012, Riverside, California, USA), the most prominent female vocalist of the Chess label. Etta James was discovered as a teenager by Johnny Otis, with her first hit in 1955. She recorded for Modern Records (2) and Kent Records for the remainder of the 1950's. She signed with Chess in 1960, recording with them until 1976. From 1965 to the mid 1970's she battled heroin addiction. In 1978 she recorded the Jerry Wexler produced "Deep in the Night", which was her final recording until 1988, returning to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to record "Seven Years Itch". From 1988 through 2006, she recorded frequent albums. She was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2008, the movie "Cadillac Records" told the story of her career through to the late 1970's, with her role being played by Beyoncé Knowles, who also recorded some of James' songs for the soundtrack. For writing credits in her early career she used the last name from a couple that took care of her as a child, Jamesetta Rogers and on a rare occasion her real name Jamesetta Hawkins. Mother of Donto James and Sametto James.

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Backing Vocals
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
At Last on At Last! by Etta James
I'd Rather Go Blind on Tell Mama by Etta James
A Sunday Kind Of Love on At Last! by Etta James
Stormy Weather on At Last! by Etta James
Something's Got A Hold On Me on Heart & Soul: A Retrospective by Etta James
I Just Want To Make Love To You - Single Version on At Last! by Etta James
Trust In Me on At Last! by Etta James
I Got You Babe on Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions by Etta James
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man on Heart & Soul: A Retrospective by Etta James
All I Could Do Was Cry on At Last! by Etta James

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Title Artist Year Type
Soul SisterEtta James2018Compil.
Timeless Classic AlbumsEtta James2017Album
Tears Of Joy Modern and Kent Sides 1955-1961Etta James2017Compil.
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1955-62Etta James2017Compil.
The Absolutely Essential 3 CD CollectionEtta James2017Compil.
Chicago Blues Festival 1985Etta James2017Album
The Platinum CollectionEtta James2017Compil.
Something's Got A Hold On Me * Complete 1960-1962 Chess & Argo SinglesEtta James2017Compil.
Good Rockin' Daddy / The WallflowerEtta James, The Maxwell Davis Orchestra / Etta James And The Peaches2016Single
Seven Day Fool / I Just Kept On DancingEtta James / Douglas Banks2016Single
At LastEtta James2016Single
Something's Got A Hold On Me * Complete 1960-1962 Chess & Argo SinglesEtta James2016Compil.
Essential Original AlbumsEtta James2016Compil.
Tears Of JoyEtta James2016Compil.
At Last! Sings For LoversEtta James2015Compil.
The Best OfEtta James2015Compil.
The Argo Singles CollectionEtta James2015Compil.
Feelin' Good / In The Basement - Part 1The Frank Cunimondo Trio / Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto2015Single
Etta James - 1975 (Recorded Live At Montreux Jazz Festival)Etta James2015Album
At LastEtta James2015Album
Something's Got A Hold On Me / Talk About A PartyEtta James / Boogaloo And His Gallant Crew2014Single
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James2014Compil.
Hits & Rarities Volume 2Etta James2014Album
Hits & Rarities Volume 1Etta James2014Album
Miss Etta James + Twist With Etta JamesEtta James2014Compil.
Good Rockin' MamaEtta James2014Album
Etta james + Sings For LoversEtta James2014Compil.
Tough LoverEtta James2014Single
...At Last!Etta James2014Single
I Just Want To Make Love To You / Too LateEtta James / Larry Williams & Johnny Watson2013Single
S.O.U.L.Etta James2013Compil.
The AnthologyEtta James2013Compil.
The Argo Singles 1960-1962Etta James2013Compil.
19 Greatest Hits At LastEtta James2013Compil.
The Classic YearsEtta James2012Compil.
Spoonful Of BluesEtta James2012Compil.
Live At Montreux 1975 - 1993Etta James2012Album
At Last! + The Second Time AroudEtta James2012Compil.
The Complete Private Music Blues, Rock 'N' Soul Albums CollectionEtta James2012Album
The Very Best Of Etta JamesEtta James2012Compil.
Time After Time & Mystery LadyEtta James2012Compil.
Seven Day Fool / Just A Little BitEtta James / Tiny Topsy2012Single
The Essential RecordingsEtta James2012Compil.
R & B SoulEtta James2012Single
Etta James R & B DynamiteEtta James2012Compil.
I Just Want To Make Love To YouEtta James2012Compil.
Live At Montreux 1993Etta James2012Album
Nobody Loves You Like Me / Tough Lover (Alternate Take)Etta James2011Single
Who's Blue? Rare Chess Recordings Of The 60s And 70sEtta James2011Compil.
The DreamerEtta James2011Album
Heart & Soul - A RetrospectiveEtta James2011Compil.
Original Album ClassicsEtta James2011Album
Loving You More Every Day / Look Who's BlueEtta James2011Single
The Essential Modern CollectionEtta James2011Compil.
Misty BlueEtta James2011Single
At Last The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James2010Compil.
The Essential Etta JamesEtta James2010Compil.
At Last (The Best Of Etta James)Etta James2010Compil.
IconEtta James2010Compil.
Playlist: The Very Best of Etta JamesEtta James2009Compil.
Good Rockin' Daddy: Selected Singles 1954-56Etta James2009Compil.
The Inspirational CollectionEtta James2009Album
Live In New YorkEtta James2008Album
Playlist Your WayEtta James2008Compil.
Love SongsEtta James2008Compil.
JazzEtta James2007Compil.
James Warwick Live 2 Disc SetEtta James, Dionne Warwick2007Album
Wildflower / My Funky ValentineHank Crawford / Etta James2007Single
Blues From The Big AppleEtta James2007Album
GoldEtta James2007Compil.
The Definitive CollectionEtta James2006Compil.
All The WayEtta James2006Album
The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) / Good Rockin' DaddyEtta James2006Single
AAA SamplerEtta James2006Album
Strung Out RemixEtta James2006Single
All The WayEtta James2006Album
Love SongsEtta James2006Compil.
Gold Diggers - As Sampled By Kanye WestHank Crawford / Etta James2006Single
Ugly Edits Vol. 9Etta James / Mandrill2005Album
Enduring Soul : Opus CollectionEtta James2005Compil.
The Very Best Of Etta James - The Chess SinglesEtta James2005Compil.
LiveEtta James2005Compil.
The Complete Modern And Kent RecordingsEtta James2005Compil.
The Best Of The Modern YearsEtta James2005Compil.
Blues To The BoneEtta James2004Album
18 Great Gospel FavouritesEtta James2004Compil.
Let's RollEtta James2003Album
Burnin' Down The HouseEtta James & The Roots Band2002Album
Live And ReadyEtta James2002Album
Tell Mama 22 Greatest HitsEtta James2002Compil.
Love SongsEtta James2001Compil.
Blue GardeniaEtta James2001Album
Burnin' Down The HouseEtta James & The Roots Band2001Album
The Chess Box SamplerEtta James2000Album
The Best Of Etta James (18 Legendary Hits)Etta James2000Compil.
Etta James The Chess BoxEtta James2000Compil.
You / Out On The Streets AgainSpanky Wilson / Etta James2000Single
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James2000Compil.
Matriarch Of The BluesEtta James2000Album
Rock Me BabyEtta James2000Album
Miss YouEtta James2000Single
Heart Of A WomanEtta James1999Album
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1999Compil.
BluesEtta James1999Compil.
Life, Love & The BluesEtta James1998Album
12 Songs Of ChristmasEtta James1998Album
Damn Your EyesEtta James1998Single
Her BestEtta James1997Compil.
These Foolish ThingsEtta James1997Compil.
Respect YourselfEtta James1997Compil.
Love's Been Rough On MeEtta James1997Album
I’d Rather Go Blind / The Time Will ComeEtta James, The Whispers1996Single
West Coast JiveLionel Hampton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Etta James1996Compil.
The Genuine Article - The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1996Compil.
Tell MamaEtta James1996Compil.
I Just Wanna Make Love To YouEtta James1996Compil.
I Just Want To Make Love To YouEtta James1996Single
Respect YourselfEtta James1995Compil.
Time After TimeEtta James1995Album
These Foolish Things The Classic Balladry Of Etta JamesEtta James1995Compil.
A Profile Of - Etta James - My Greatest SongsEtta James1994Compil.
LiveEtta James1994Album
Something's Got A HoldEtta James1994Compil.
Mystery Lady: Songs Of Billie HolidayEtta James1994Album
Live From San FranciscoEtta James1994Album
The Soulful Miss PeachesEtta James1993Compil.
The Essential Etta JamesEtta James1993Compil.
Tell MamaEtta James1993Compil.
MockingbirdTaj Mahal Featuring Etta James1993Single
How Strong Is A Woman (The Island Sessions)Etta James1993Compil.
The Gospel Soul of Etta JamesEtta James1993Compil.
The Irrepressible Etta JamesEtta James1993Compil.
My Greatest SongsEtta James1992Compil.
Tell MamaEtta James1992Compil.
At LastEtta James1992Compil.
The World Of Etta James (I'd Rather Go Blind)Etta James1992Compil.
The Right TimeEtta James1992Album
Miss Peaches Sings The SoulEtta James1991Compil.
At LastEtta James1991Compil.
All I Could Do Was CryEtta James1991Compil.
Back In BluesEtta James1991Compil.
Etta James Vol. 2: Something's Got A Hold On MeEtta James1991Compil.
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1990Compil.
BewareEtta James1990Single
Live in Montreux 1989Etta James1990Album
Stickin' To My GunsEtta James1990Album
Rooster Blues / Rock Me Baby / Crazy 'Bout My Baby / Chi-TownLightning Slim, Etta James, Willie Dixon, Jerry Butler1990Single
BewareEtta James1990Single
Etta James IIEtta James1989Compil.
Avenue D (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Rooftops")Etta James featuring David A. Stewart1989Album
Etta JamesEtta James1989Compil.
Etta James Vol. 1: Tell MamaEtta James1989Compil.
Baby What You Want Me To DoEtta James1989Single
Seven Year ItchEtta James1989Album
Droppin' Rhymes On DrumsDef Jef Featuring Etta James1989Single
Juicy PeachesEtta James1988Compil.
Satellite Baby / Blowin' In The WindRoosevelt Sykes, Etta James1988Single
Jump The Blues AwayJoe Walsh, Albert Collins, Etta James1988Album
Cold Fire / Everybody's Guilty (Extrait De La Bande Original Du Film "Saxo")Etta James1988Single
Jump The Blues AwayJoe Walsh, Albert Collins, Etta James1988Album
At Her BestEtta James1988Compil.
The Sweetest Peaches / The Chess Years Part Two (1967-1973)Etta James1988Compil.
Vintage GoldEtta James1988Compil.
I Got The WillEtta James1988Album
The Sweetest Peaches / The Chess YearsEtta James1988Compil.
The Late ShowEtta James And Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson1987Album
R & B QueenEtta James1986Compil.
Blues In The Night - Volume One The Early ShowEtta James And Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson1986Album
Etta James R & B DynamiteEtta James1986Compil.
Chess Mini MastersEtta James1985Single
All I Could Do Was CryEtta James1985Single
Juicy PeachesEtta James1985Compil.
Las Grandes Estrellas Del RockEtta James, The Leaves1983Compil.
Her Greatest Sides Vol. 1Etta James1983Compil.
Tuff LoverEtta James1983Compil.
The Heart And Soul Of Etta JamesEtta James1982Album
Etta James / The LeavesEtta James / The Leaves1982Compil.
Etta, Red-Hot & LiveEtta James1982Album
Etta JamesEtta James1981Compil.
Eddie My Love / Good Rockin' DaddyThe Teen Queens / Etta James1981Single
Chess MastersEtta James1981Compil.
Mean MotherEtta James1980Single
ChangesEtta James1980Album
Deep In The NightEtta James1978Album
Piece Of My Heart / Lovesick BluesEtta James1978Single
Take It To The LimitEtta James1978Single
Sugar On The FloorEtta James1978Single
Jump Into LoveEtta James1976Single
Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!Etta James1976Album
Power PlayEtta James1975Single
Lovin' ArmsEtta James1975Single
Mama Told Me / You Give Me What I WantEtta James1975Single
Mama Told Me / When Will I See You AgainEtta James, The Three Degrees1975Single
Come A Little CloserEtta James1974Album
Out On The Streets AgainEtta James1974Single
Leave Your Hat OnEtta James1974Single
Tell MamaEtta James1974Single
Etta JamesEtta James1973Album
All The Way Down / Lay Back DaddyEtta James1973Single
Tough LoverEtta James1973Single
I Found A Love / Nothing From Nothing Leaves NothingEtta James1972Single
Tell MamaEtta James1972Single
I Think It's You / Take Out Some InsuranceEtta James1971Single
The Love Of My Man / Nothing From Nothing Leaves NothingEtta James1971Single
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1971Compil.
Golden DecadeEtta James1971Compil.
PeachesEtta James1971Compil.
Etta James Sings FunkEtta James1970Album
When I Stop Dreaming / Sound Of LoveEtta James1970Single
Losers Weepers - Part 1 / WeepersEtta James1970Single
Losers WeepersEtta James1970Album
Sunshine Of Love / Do Something CrazyEtta James1969Single
Tighten Up Your Own Thing / What Fools We Mortals BeEtta James1969Single
Etta JamesEtta James1969Compil.
Tell Mama / SecurityEtta James1969Single
Miss Pitiful / Bobby Is His NameEtta James1969Single
If It Ain't One Thing / Tough LoverEtta James1969Single
Security / I'm Gonna Take What He's GotEtta James1968Single
Roll With Me Henry / Baby Baby Every NightEtta James1968Single
Security / The Same RopeEtta James1968Single
I Got You Babe / I Worship The Ground You Walk OnEtta James1968Single
Tell MamaEtta James1968Album
Two Sides / I Worry About YouEtta James1968Single
You Got It / FireEtta James1968Single
I Just Want To Make Love To YouEtta James1968Single
My Heart Cries / If I Can't Have YouEtta James1968Single
Security / La Felicità (La Felicidad)Etta James / Digno Garcia Y Sus Carios1968Single
Almost Persuaded / Steal AwayEtta James1968Single
Security / Tell MamaEtta James1968Single
Tell Mama / Pata PataEtta James / Ray Bryant1967Single
It Must Be Your LoveEtta James1967Single
Tell Mama / I'd Rather Go BlindEtta James1967Single
Only Time Will Tell / I'm Sorry For YouEtta James1966Single
In The BasementEtta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto1966Single
Call My NameEtta James1966Album
I Prefer YouEtta James1966Single
Queen Of SoulEtta James1965Album
Do I Make Myself Clear / Somewhere Down The LineEtta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto1965Single
Good Rockin' Daddy / Billy's BagEtta James / Billy Preston1965Single
Mello Fellow / Bobby Is His NameEtta James1964Single
Baby What You Want Me To Do / What I SayEtta James1964Single
Loving You More Every Day / Look Who's BlueEtta James1964Single
Dance With Me Henry / I'm A FoolEtta James1964Single
Breaking Point / That Man Belongs Back Here With MeEtta James1964Single
Pushover / I Can't Hold It In AnymoreEtta James1963Single
Tell Mama / PushoverEtta James1963Single
Etta James Top TenEtta James1963Compil.
Pushover / Next Door To The BluesEtta James1963Single
Rocks The HouseEtta James1963Album
Pay Back / Be Honest With MeEtta James1963Single
Etta JamesEtta James1963Single
Two Sides (To Every Story) / I Worry Bout YouEtta James1963Single
Can't Shake ItEtta James1963Single
Would It Make Any Difference To YouEtta James1962Single
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1962Compil.
The Best Of Etta JamesEtta James1962Compil.
Etta JamesEtta James1962Compil.
How Do You Talk To An Angel / Would It Make Any Difference To YouEtta James1962Single
Sings For LoversEtta James1962Album
Twist With Etta JamesEtta James1962Compil.
Stop The Wedding / Street Of TearsEtta James1962Single
Fools Rush InEtta James1962Single
Something's Got A Hold On Me / Waiting For Charlie To Come HomeEtta James1962Single
Etta JamesEtta James1962Album
Trust In Me / Anything To Say You're MineEtta James1961Single
The Second Time AroundEtta James1961Album
At Last!Etta James1961Album
Miss Etta JamesEtta James1961Album
Anything To Say You're Mine / Trust In Me /Etta James1961Single
Seven Day FoolEtta James1961Single
Don't Cry BabyEtta James1961Single
Fool That I Am / DreamEtta James1961Single
At Last / I Just Want To Make Love To YouEtta James1961Single
How Big A Fool (Can You Be)Etta James1961Single
My Dearest Darling / Tough MaryEtta James1960Single
All I Could Do Was Cry / Girl Of My DreamsEtta James1960Single
All I Could Do Was CryEtta James1960Single
Roll With Me Henry / Good Rockin' DaddyEtta James1960Single
Sunshine Of LoveEtta James1958Single
Stay In My Corner / Stop The WeddingThe Dells, Etta James1958Single
Market PlaceEtta James1957Single
Come What May / By The Light Of The Silvery MoonEtta James1957Album
Then I'll Care / Good Lookin'Etta James1957Single
Number One / I'm A FoolEtta James, The Maxwell Davis Orchestra1956Album
Tough Lover / Fools We Mortals BeEtta James1956Single
Shortnin' Bread Rock / Tears Of JoyEtta James1956Album
Hey! Henry / Be MineEtta James, The Maxwell Davis Orchestra1955Album
That's All / W-O-M-A-NEtta James1955Single
Good Rockin' Daddy / Crazy FeelingEtta James, The Maxwell Davis Orchestra1955Album
My Dearest Darling (Mi Querido Amor)Etta JamesSingle
I'd Rather Go Blind / Sunday Kind Of LoveEtta JamesSingle
Seven Day Fool / Look At Me NowEtta James / Terry CallierSingle
All The Way Down / Out On The Street AgainEtta JamesSingle
You Give Me What I Want / Out On The Street AgainEtta JamesSingle
'Baby Baby' Every Night / Something's Got A Hold Of MEtta JamesSingle
I'm A Little Mixed Up / Lovin' Machine / Blowing In The Wind / Don't Feel Rained OnBetty James / Rockin' Louie And The Mamma Jammers / Etta James / Esther PhillipsCompil.
At Last / My Dearest DarlingEtta JamesSingle
I Love You For All Seasons / I'd Rather Go BlindThe Fuzz / Etta JamesSingle
Remember How Great: The Original Hits, Volume OneThe Heartbeats, Frankie Lymon, The Flamingos, The Fiestas, The Monotones, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Chuck Berry, Lee Dorsey, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Robert & Johnny, Etta JamesCompil.
Seven Day Fool / I Just Kept On DancingEtta James / Douglas BanksSingle
At Last / All I Could Do Was CryEtta JamesSingle
Trust In Me / EternallyEtta James, The ChantelsSingle
All I Could Do Was Cry / My Dearest DarlingEtta JamesSingle
Dance With Me Henry / Cherry PieEtta James / Marvin & JohnnySingle
Trust In Me / Stop The WeddingEtta JamesSingle
Good Rockin' Daddy / Billy's BagEtta James / Billy PrestonSingle
Fool That I Am / DreamEtta JamesSingle
Four Classic Albums Plus SinglesEtta JamesCompil.
Stop The Wedding / Fool That I AmEtta JamesSingle
Dance With Me Henry / Shake A HandEtta James / Faye AdamsSingle
Swanee / Lovesick BluesAretha Franklin / Etta JamesSingle
On ChessEtta JamesCompil.
Eddy Mitchell Présente Les Rois Du Rock Volume 6Etta JamesCompil.
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