Artist Biography Outline: Etta James

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  • Introduction

  • Thesis: Nicknamed “Miss Peaches,” singer Etta James (legally known as Jamesetta Hawkins) is known as “The Matriarch of R&B.”  A versatile singer successful in the R&B, doo-wop, pop, rock, funk, gospel and jazz genres, James’ was known for her deeply soulful and extraordinary voice regardless of the affects of her drug addiction on her performances.

  • Life: Born /Raised/ Childhood, Personal Life, Career 

  • Major Works/Achievements

  • Tributes


  • Top 10 hits:


“The Wallflower” (a/k/a “Roll With Me, Henry”) (1955)

“Good Rockin’ Daddy” (1955)

“All I Could Do Was Cry” (1960)

“If I Can’t Have You” with Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows(1960)

“My Dearest Darling” (1960}

“At Last” (1961)

“Trust In Me” (1961)

“Don’t Cry Baby” (1961)

“Something’s Got A Hold On Me” (1962)

“Stop The Wedding” (1962)

“Pushover” (1963}

“Loving You More Every Day” (1964)

“Tell Mama” (1967)

  • #1 albums:


Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday (1994)

Burnin’ Down The House (2002)

Let’s Roll (2003)

The Definitive Collection (2006)


Blue Gardenia (2001)

Top 10 albums:


All The Way (2006)


Love’s Been Rough On Me (1997)

12 Songs Of Christmas (1998)

Life, Love And The Blues (1998)

The Best Of Etta James: 20th Century Masters (1999)

The Heart Of A Woman (1999)

Matriarch of the Blues (2002)

Love Songs (2001)

Blues To The Bone (2004)

All The Way (2006)

Jazz :Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday (1994)Time After Time (1995)

  • Other important recordings: “Spoonful” with Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows, “A Sunday Kind Of Love,” “Fool That I Am,” “Dream,” “It’s Too Soon To Know,” “Seven Day Fool,” “Next Door To The Blues,” “Would It Make Any Difference To You,” “Payback,” “Two Sides (To Every Story),” “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “In The Basement – Part 1” with Sugar Pie DeSanto, “I Prefer You,” “Security,” “Almost Persuaded,” “Losers Weepers – Part 1,” “I Found A Love,” “All The Way Down,” “Leave Your Hat On,” “Out on the Street, Again,” “Tough Lover,” “Waiting For Charlie (To Come Home),” “These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You),” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind),” “Feeling Uneasy,” “Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield,” “Loving Arms,” “Take It To The Limit,” “Damn Your Eyes,” “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” “The Man I Love,” “The Blues Is My Business,” “The Sky Is Crying”

  • Bibliography 

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