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Singing legend Etta James dies at 73
The powerhouse singer known as "Miss Peaches" died on Friday.
January 20th, 2012
11:37 AM ET

Singing legend Etta James dies at 73

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By Todd Leopold, CNN

(CNN) - Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as "The Wallflower" "Something's Got a Hold on Me" and the wedding favorite "At Last," has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73 and had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.

James, who also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C, died at a hopsital in Riverside, California.

The powerhouse singer, known as "Miss Peaches," lived an eventful life. She first hit the charts as a teenager, taking "The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)" - an "answer record" to Hank Ballard's "Work With Me, Annie" - to No. 1 on the R&B charts in 1955. She joined Chess Records in 1960 and had a string of R&B and pop hits, many with lush string arrangements. After a mid-decade fade, she re-emerged in 1967 with a more hard-edged, soulful sound.

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  1. Thomas

    A lady with Soul , singing with the Angles .

    January 21, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. NOW THIS WAS A VOICE

    WHAT A MASTERPIECE OF A VOICE LOVE YOU ETTA

    January 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |