R.I.P. Etta James

01.20.12 11 Comments

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There’s really not a lot of TV news this afternoon, so I’d like to take this opportunity to say rest in peace to Etta James. The legendary singer passed away today at the age of 73. For anyone like me who grew up with soul and R&B music playing in the house on a steady loop, her songs were a necessary part of the rotation. Few could sing like her while she was alive, and few will be able to sing like her going forward. The lady could wail.

After the jump, I’ve posted a clip of her performing her signature song, “At Last,” on a 2009 episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” Even in her early 70s, she killed it dead. We should just go ahead and retire that song. Ain’t no one gonna do it better.

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