Friday, January 20, 2012

Etta James

"I am not a good American...I prefer to form my own opinions" - George Carlin

An American musical icon passed away yesterday. One of my favorite Blues Singers...Etta James. I posted this song by her about a year ago. It's a ring tone on my cell phone...my wife's. On occasion, if I am in a store and my wife calls, I get lots of stares. Maybe because most people don't associate this type of song as "guy like". Fuck 'em.

This is probably Etta's best known song and it is a beauty. It's one of those snuggle up, belly contact, dreamy, "my god I am in love" songs...with or without a little merlot. It is definitely in the category of "It Had To Be You", another killer for every romantic ever born.

Thank you Etta.This glass is for you, baby!

14 comments:

Punch said...

So Rare.
We'll miss you Etta.
Thanks for the music.

Mr. Charleston said...

Glad you did this JJ. Last time I saw Etta was about 20 years ago in Birmingham. She opened for James Brown. What a show. Rest easy Sweet Etta.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Rest in peace, Etta.

Ol'Buzzard said...

I don't believe in heaven; but if there was I would want it to be a place where I could be with Etta James, Janis Joplin, Mama Cass and all the people who's life style good Christians would not approve of.
the Ol'Buzzard

the walking man said...

Only once in a generation does that kind of silk come from a human.

jadedj said...

Punch---I did know that you were a fan of hers, as well.

Mr. C---I also saw her in Lauderdale at about that same time. Dynamite was my reaction.

DSWS---Amen, sister!

Ol'B---Amen, amen, brother!

twm---Yes indeed, definitely silk.

Tom Harper said...

Nice tribute. I saw her in concert in 1980.

And Johnny Otis died one day earlier than Etta. He wasn't exactly a household name, but he did a lot of songwriting and production and other behind-the-scenes work during the whole 1950s and '60s R&B scene. He gave Etta her first big break in the early '50s.

May they both R.I.P.

Harlequin said...

thanks for this tribute.
i love that song....
only a secure man can celebrate a ring tone like this. good for you.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

breaks my heart

jadedj said...

Tom---Somehow I missed that. I did know about his connection to her. Another great loss.

Harlequin---My wife calls me the big cajone. Not really ;-)

YD G---I know.

intelliwench said...

You know I'm a fan...was totally bummed out by the news.

jadedj said...

intell---I knew you were a fellow blues lover and I thought you would be.

Chimp said...

This the song I think of when I hear her name.

jadedj said...

Chimp---Me too. But she also had some kick ass ones, as well.