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'A Sunday Kind of Love' to You

Remembering the late great singer Etta James and the gift of her stylized voice.

I saw Etta James perform in concert four or five times—once in a lineup with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Cocker and B.B. King at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. I was reminded of her rock-to-soul range when I read Los Angeles Times pop music writer Randall Roberts' appreciation piece. But I'd forgotten about this song until my friend Dean shared it on Facebook. His simple comment was wistful and true:

"Etta James provided one of the musical voices of my childhood.... I can listen to this and close my eyes, and it's Friday night and I'm slow dancing in the gym after a football game. She was remarkable and we were blessed she sang to us."

tony January 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I already write like Byron and sing like Louis 'Pops' Armstrong. Apples & oranges! If you'd care to talk big bang, Without 'Satchmo'.........forms of music not in their present state= rock, jazz, R&B, big band, stage musicals, and Steven Tyler! the imitator not the inovator!
Panglonymous January 23, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Link us brother! :-) In the meantime, he agitates space and time quite nicely here: "Dinah" 1933 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhVdLd43bDI "Tiger Rag" 1932 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TGSYmYVYdg
Diana January 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Eta James was an incredible Woman and I have loved her voice for years and also seen her in concert several times. Her life stuggles never held her fight down and she lived her life the way she choose to do it and blessed us all with that incredible voice of hers. RIP Etta, you will be missed but your voice will live forever.
Nancy Wride January 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Did anyone see her at Bogart's? Wasn't Bogart's at the Tantalum end of Marina Pacifica?
Paige Austin January 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Bogart's was over there. I heard Nirvana played Bogart's...

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