Etta James

Etta James wasn't just a blues legend; she was an icon. With a voice she could mold to belt out delicate ballads like "At Last" and husky, heart-shredding blues hits like "I'd Rather Go Blind," James, who died Jan. 20 at 73, won Grammys for her blues and jazz recordings and was inducted into both the Blues and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. "Etta is earthy and gritty," blues singer Bonnie Raitt wrote in Rolling Stone in 2005, "ribald and out-there in a way that few performers have the guts to be." Over her nearly six-decade career, James helped construct...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!