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Etta James: 1938 - 2012

January 20, 2012  |  11:50am
Etta James: 1938 - 2012

Soul-singing legend Etta James has died, CNN reported today. The singer, who was the voice behind songs like “At Last” and “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” was 73. James was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. She died at a hospital in Riverside, Calif.

The news comes from friend and manager, Lupe De Leon.

“Etta James is unmanageable, and I’m the closest thing she’s ever had to a manager,” De Leon told CNN, who noted the quote was in admiration.

The songstress first hit the charts in 1955 as a teenager with the song “The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry).” She signed to Chess Records in 1960, before fading in the middle of the decade. The singer reemerged in 1967 after struggles with addiction with what CNN called “a more hard-edged, soulful sound.”

Watch James perform one of her best-known songs, “At Last,” below.

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