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Etta and Otis

January 21, 2012

Etta James was one of the first ladies of rock ‘n’ roll.  She gave us “Dance with

Me, Henry”, “All I Could Do Was Cry”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, “Tell

Mama” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You”.  She could belt with the best

of  ’em.  She’s in the Rock & Roll, Blues, Rockabilly and Grammy Halls of Fame. 


Rolling Stone ranked her 22nd on its list of “The Greatest Singers of All Time”. 

Etta’s death from leukemia was reported yesterday, five days short of her 74th

birthday and two months after the release of a critically-acclaimed album.

She was discovered at age 14 by Johnny Otis, who gave the world “Willie and

the Hand Jive”.  Otis died three days ago at age 90.


Please honour these two great artists by enjoying Etta’s recording of “At Last“,

one of the best ballads ever.

  1. beth reed permalink
    January 21, 2012 8:10 pm

    I read about Etta and Otis early this morning around 3 am and was so sad to hear the music world losing 2 more wonderful people. You can watch her story in Caddilac Records. If I feel better tomorrow I may sit down and watch it. I only have seen bits and pieces of it.

    • January 22, 2012 11:28 am

      I found out about that movie reading up on her on Wikipedia. Did you like the parts you saw?

  2. beth reed permalink
    January 22, 2012 7:26 pm

    oh yes i really did. I was cooking Thanksgiving Dinner and I was running around doing things and watching the movie. I read that Etta did not like Beyonce playing her. Later she said shewas just kidding around.
    I do have to warn of the language but I think thats the case in most of them.
    We are dodging tornados here. at one point we had five rotating storms within 25 miles of us.
    I was a nervous wreck for most of the evening but looks like we are now in the clear.
    Bet your glad not to be in Kansas during these times. Does Canada have tornados?

    • January 23, 2012 6:36 am

      I’m glad you made it through the night, Beth. I vividly remember the many tornado watches and alerts when I lived in the South and Midwest. I saw one in the air just above our house once. In our 6+ years here, we’ve yet to hear of a twister in B.C. I imagine they’re much more likely in the prairie provinces.

  3. beth reed permalink
    January 23, 2012 4:08 pm

    When it was all said and done we had a tornado 5 miles from us. I hope this is not a preview of whats to come.
    How is Jude? I hope she is doing well.
    I spent some time online yesterday and posted on wordpress, actually worked on my post for tomorrow.
    I am still battleing this bug but I am about to get the best of it.
    I am now going to read your newest post and call it a night.
    What is the time difference where your at?

    • January 24, 2012 8:37 am

      It’s great to see you blogging again, Beth. You certainly don’t need the boss from hell after you had the year from hell. Please take care of yourself. Jude is hangin’ tough. She’s had to take the 4WD truck to work the last two days because the roads are so slick from snow and freezing rain. Yesterday she had to cut up a 8″-diametre tree that fell across the road, and still made it to the ferry on time. We are on Pacific Time, two hours behind you.

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