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Jamesetta Hawkins

Also Known As: "Jamesetta Hawkins", "Etta James"
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Death: Died in Riverside, Riverside, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rudolph Walter Wanderone, Jr. and Dorothy Leatherwood Hawkins
Wife of <private> Mills
Mother of <private> James and <private> James

Managed by: Hatte Blejer on partial hiatus
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About Etta James

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins, January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, rhythm and blues (R&B), rock and roll, gospel and jazz singer. In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as a blues and R&B singer. She is best known for her version of the Mack Gordon and Harry Warren song "At Last", and for "I'd Rather Go Blind", for which she claims she wrote the lyrics.[1]. She died January 20. 2011 in Riverside, California.

Multiple Grammy-winner Bonnie Raitt said Friday [20 January 2012]:

  • "I don't know that there's ever been a singer that knocked me out as much as Etta. The mark she made was setting the bar so high for the depths someone can sing from. The ache and the pain and the ferocity and the soul and the sexiness — it all came through in the space of one three-minute song."

source: Lewis, Randy. "Etta James Dies at 73; Acclaimed Blues and R&B Singer." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles times, 20 Jan. 2012. Web. 21 Jan. 2012.

Album review: Etta James' 'The Dreamer'

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Etta James Web Site, managed by Brett Keltner (Contact)

Birth: Jan 25 1938 - Los Angeles

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My Hawkins´ relations(in the hopes, we can expand Etta´s branch and find the connections) : here is a Grace Hawkins in our path.

Also, within the George Walker Bush lines is a Jenna Hawkins.

Also, this person who is my 16th cousin 1x removed is related to me, through Hawkins-

And this one, my 15th cousin 4x remove, has Hawkins, in our path, as well. ~Theresa Renée Delgado Tossas

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Etta James's Timeline

January 25, 1938
Los Angeles, CA, USA
January 20, 2012
Age 73
Riverside, Riverside, CA, USA