Published on January 20th, 2012 | by Chip Copeland0
Etta James, RIP 1938-2012
Soul and R&B songbird Etta James dead at the age of 73
Singer Etta James passed away this morning due to complications of leukemia in a California hospital. While the versatile songstress’ biggest hit At Last, may arguably be the most popular first dance song at weddings around the world, she recorded other songs too! She signed to Chicago’s Chess Records in 1960 and spent much of her career there singing on hits such as the aforementioned At Last, All I Could Do Was Cry, and Trust In Me.
Along with a stunning voice came addiction issues as well with heroin, cocaine, and probably some marijuana and booze; through it all Etta certainly delivered the goods a rose above her personal demons to provide awesome music for fans . She ended up in both the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame and won 4 Grammy awards during her lifetime.
Instead of posting a video of At Last, I figured it would be interesting to include A Sunday Kind of Love above instead.
Former guests of the Sock Monkey Sound podcast Heather Hladish, Marky Hladish, and Dustin Currier (Venna, The Felix Culpa) performed a killer version of At Last for Jim and Jen Hanke at their wedding. Check it out below.