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Monday, January 23, 2012

R.I.P. Etta James

The legendary Ms Etta James went on to the great concert hall in the sky a couple days ago.

I saw here back in 1986 at the San Fransisco Blues Festival, and she would have torn the roof off the place, had the show been indoors. Buddy Guy and Junior Wells joined her backup band along with Ms Katie Webster on piano. It was such an amazing set that Albert King could not follow her. My friend and i started heading for our car during his set. Later we felt shitty about it when we were informed that he was dying of cancer, which might have affected his performance.
Anyway, Etta James was one of the greatest singers of all time. I don't know that anyone ever matched the sheer power of her voice. She will be missed.

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