Etta James remembered as triumphant trailblazer

Jan 29, 2012 Full story: Arab News

GARDENA, California: Rhythm & blues legend Etta James was remembered at a service Saturday attended by hundreds of friends, family and fans as a woman who triumphed against all odds to break down cultural and musical barriers in a style that was unfailingly honest.

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Traci McBride

Stone Mountain, GA

#1 Jan 29, 2012
Played at my wedding, Etta James' most famous hit, At Last, will be a constant reminder of not only her beautiful, rich voice, but also of one of the best days in my life. At last the wonderful man who found me that is a soldier, protector, lover, friend, dad, and Christian, had come along and married me! Mr. McBride found his bride indeed!

“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#2 Jan 29, 2012
What a voice. Haven't heard another like it. And the emotion that rode atop this voice....what a gift.

“"Thinking"”

Since: Sep 11

OZ

#3 Jan 31, 2012
Great woman who has always been there for friends and family during her long and eventful life.

She was the first person by the side of our long time friend Sam Cooke, after he was gunned down in Los Angeles.

When I first met Etta she made me feel as though she and I were life-long friends. I was proud to be able to call her my friend.

I will not forget her.

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