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