An American entertainer, Etta James first found success as a rhythm-and-blues singer in the s. Over the years her voice grew rougher and deeper, and she became one of the first women to sing in the style that became soul. She was raised by foster parents until her mother who was 14 years old when James was born took her year-old daughter to San Francisco, California. There James formed a girl doo-wop trio called the Creolettes, who were renamed the Peaches after bandleader Johnny Otis discovered them when James was Beginning in the s, James battled a drug addiction that often interfered with her career. After a seven-year silence, she returned to music in with the album Seven Year Itch.
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Etta James was known for her spectacular voice that had the power to move one to tears, and despite her brilliant career, her latter years were marred with legal battles between her husband and sons. While she had an impressive career, Etta James' life was marred with lots of troubles from childhood till death, and in the later years of her life, her husband and sons were engaged in a legal battle over managing her million-dollar estate. Here is a look into her latter years and life. Etta James, U. Photo: Getty Images. Etta James enjoyed a wonderful career, and her beautiful voice established her as one of the greatest singers of all time. However, in her later years, she battled with several illnesses such as dementia, kidney infection, and a blood infection that left her inactive.
Etta James, who has died aged 73 after suffering from leukaemia, was among the most critically acclaimed and influential female singers of the past 50 years, even if she never achieved huge popular success. Her approach to both singing and life was throughout one of wild, often desperate engagement that included violence, drug addiction, armed robbery and highly capricious behaviour. She was born Jamesetta Hawkins to year-old Dorothy Hawkins and an unknown white father, although James maintained he was the pool shark Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone, and was raised at first in Los Angeles by adoptive parents. From the age of five, she sang gospel in the local church and later acknowledged the influence of the choirmaster, Professor James Earl Hines. When Jamesetta's adoptive mother died, Dorothy reappeared and took her year-old daughter to San Francisco. Dorothy was a hustler and showed no inclination to change her lifestyle.
James is 72 years old. All parties said their only concern is to ensure James receives proper medical care. James has dementia and is undergoing treatment for leukemia, requiring around-the-clock care for a fiery, headstrong performer who, friends say, appeared capable of surviving anything. Doing so would grant him access to the money and allow him to pay for her medical care, he said. The singer granted him power of attorney in , to be used if she became incapacitated. Sindicich of Los Angeles, questioned why the singer would have kept her personal and business bank accounts solely in her name all of these years. Both of her sons performed in her band during the tour, with Sametto playing bass guitar and Donto on drums. Cahraman postponed the case on Friday until Feb. The simple, ranch-style home is perched on a rugged canyon slope with views of snow-capped mountains. The frontyard is shaded by palms and towering succulents, and the back decked out with a pool and duck pond.