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Did you know that Etta James was a stage name that derived from her birth name Jamesetta? Do you know how her career in music began? Who discovered her? What the titles of her best-selling hit songs are? Find out interesting and fun facts about this famous American musician below.

Fun Fact 1 Etta James was a successful American singer-songwriter who was born on January 25th, 1938 in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America.

Fun Fact 2 Etta James' real name was Jamesetta Hawkins. She was born into a single parent family. Her mother was called Dorothy Hawkins and she was young when she had her. Jamesetta lived with various foster parents when she was growing up.

Fun Fact 3: Etta James was a famous American singer. She was very talented and didn't sing just one genre of music; she was actually successful in various types including R&B, jazz, gospel, rock and roll, and soul.

Fun Fact 4: Etta James produced many famous songs during her career in music including 'Tell Mama', 'The Wallflower', 'Something's Got a Hold on Me'.

Fun Fact 5: Etta James was also a songwriter; she wrote many of her own songs including the lyrics to 'I'd Rather Go Blind'.

Fun Fact 6: Etta James earned excellent achievements during her music career. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 where only the most credible musicians are selected. She was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Fun Fact 7: The musical director of the choir at Saint Paul's Baptist Church in LA gave Etta James her first vocal training when she was 5 years old.

Fun Fact 8: Etta James formed part of a girl group when she was fourteen years old. The group was called the Creolettes. They were recognized by Johnny Otis who helped them sign to Modern Records.

Fun Fact 9: The girl band, the Creolettes, changed their name to the Peaches. Jamesetta's name was also changed; it was reversed in order to give her the name which would become recognizable throughout the world 'Etta James'.

Fun Fact 10: Etta James suffered some abuse as a child. The choir leader was a violent man and he would hit Etta to make her sing. The abuse she suffered made 'singing on demand' very difficult for her as she became older.

Fun Fact 11: Etta James had a long and rewarding career in music. However, she faced some personal battles for a number of years when she became involved in drugs. She produced less music during this time before making a come back in the 1980s.

Fun Fact 12: Etta James released an album in 1989 called 'Seven year Itch'. It was produced by Barry Beckett. A second album followed later the same year called 'Stickin' to My Guns'.

Fun Fact 13: Etta James was awarded a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. This followed the recording of her album called 'Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday' which was a tribute album to the jazz singer Billie Holiday.

Fun Fact 14: Etta James released her final album in 2011 which was called 'The Dreamer'.

Fun Fact 15: Etta James passed away in 2012 at the age of 73. She had been diagnosed in 2011 with Leukaemia which became terminal.

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