It is odd that I mentioned Etta James in the Soul Corner piece I wrote last night and posted this morning about Johnny Otis, then learn that she passed away today.
While her death was expected, it's a big loss. She is truly an American legend. It's hard to imagine that kind of presence, that true R&B queen, coming along again given the changes in culture and the music industry. It's a sad day for soul music.
Here are a few examples of her strong and true vocal style and monster talent.
It doesn't get more soulful than "I'd Rather Go Blind":
"I Just Want To Make Love to You", what a vocal!:
And we'll finish with a terrific 1989 live version of her 1968 signature song "Tell Mama":
Rest in peace, Etta James and thank you for being a guiding light for American music.