Etta James, the singer who turned “At Last” into a multi-generational standard, died on Friday at the age of 73.
A legend. Full stop. She bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty-two on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number sixty-two on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.
But above all, she battled her demons of drug addiction, and won. She broke from the pack early on, set her own path, and cleared the way for hundreds, if not millions of performers.
She will be missed.