10cf746e54 p.256. Jamesetta found stability and love from another couple,Jesse Rogers and his wife Lula. She married Artis Mills in 1969; when they were arrested together on a heroin possession charge, Mills took the rap and served 10 years in jail. Daily Mail (London). "Blues singer Etta James remembered in Los Angeles". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 5, 2008. p.31. ABC-CLIO. In early 1961, James released what was to become her signature song, "At Last", which reached number two on the R&B chart and number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I said, 'Oh, how dare 'em say I'm still real vulgar! I'm vulgar because I dance in the chair?' What would they want me to do? Want me to just be still or something like that? "I gotta do something." People we've lost in 2012: The lives they livedPowered by Livefyre. The album was produced by Barry Beckett. James received her first professional vocal training at the age of five from James Earle Hines, musical director of the Echoes of Eden choir, at the St. Chicago Tribune. After Beyonce sang "At Last" at one of President Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural balls, James lashed out: "I can't stand Beyonce. James started adding gospel elements in her music the following year releasing "Something's Got a Hold on Me", which peaked at number four on the R&B chart and was also a top 40 pop hit. That success was quickly followed by "Stop the Wedding", which reached number six on the R&B charts and also had gospel elements. In 1963, she had another major hit with "Pushover" and released the live album Etta James Rocks the House, which was recorded at the New Era Club in Nashville, Tennessee. After a couple years scoring minor hits, James' career started to suffer after 1965. In 1989, the newly formed Rhythm and Blues Foundation included James in their first Pioneer Awards for artists whose "lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music". The following year, 1990, she received an NAACP Image Award, which is given for "outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts"; an award she cherished as it "was coming from my own people".. ^ "Rhythm & Blues Foundation Preserving Americas Soul".