One of the advantages of being older is you have vivid memories of how you were moved by great voices when the singers were alive.
One of the advantages of being younger is you can more quickly manipulate an electronic device to track the singer down and get an idea about what all the fuss is about.
With Etta James, who passed away Friday, the fuss is about one of the most-beautful and soulful voices in the history of recorded music.
But, you can judge for yourself.
If you listen to her, you will learn that it is not enough to describe her as a soul singer. She sang jazz, gospel, rock, standard Christmas songs and even country. There's nothing like hearing Etta belt out her renditon of "Take This Job and Shove It."
Her most-famous songs, however, were the unforgettable "At Last," "Dance With Me, Henry", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Tell Mama."
Or, you can't lose by listening to the albums for which she won Grammy Awards:
- Mystery Lady;
- Let's Roll; and
- Blues To The Bone
Whatever technological forms the delivery of music takes, Etta will be right there. Her voice deserves the immortality.
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