Music Birthday: Etta James

🔊🎉Today, January 25, 1938, Etta James was born in Los Angeles, California. Beyoncé portrayed James in the 2008 biological drama film Cadillac Records, directed by Darnell Martin. The soundtrack album to Cadillac Records featured music by Raphael Saadiq, Solange, Jeffrey Wright, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Columbus Short, Mary Mary, and more. On the US Billboard TopContinue reading “Music Birthday: Etta James”

Rest in Paradise: Etta James

🔊🙏🏾Today, January 20, 2012, Etta James passed away, in Riverside, California. James covered Louis Prima’s 1947 song ‘A Sunday Kind of Love,’ and included it on her fall 1960 “At Last!” album. The song has since been covered by Boyz II Men, Reba McEntire, Renee Olstead, and more. “At Last!” peaked at no. 2 onContinue reading “Rest in Paradise: Etta James”

HomageCollage: Janis Joplin, Harvard Stadium

🔊🙏🏾Today 1970 – Janis Joplin performed her final concert at Harvard Stadium – Her set consisted of eight songs: ‘Tell Mama,’ an Etta James cover, ‘Half Moon,’ ‘Mercedes Benz,’ Garnet Mimms cover ‘My Baby,’ Chip Taylor cover ‘Try (Just a Little Bit Harder),’ The Chantels cover ‘Maybe,’ George Gershwin cover ‘Summertime,’ and ‘Full Tilt.’