Fans, Friends and Family Say Goodbye to Etta James

Posted: February 1, 2012 in Arts, Blues Music, Jazz Music, music, Music History, musicians, News, Obituaries, Record Industry, Roots Music, Singing
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Cover of the Etta James classic 1963 live album, "Rocks the House" (Chess Records)

By Lori Spencer

Yahoo! News


Private funeral services for four-time Grammy Award winner Etta James were held Saturday in Los Angeles. James died January 20 after a two-year battle with leukemia at age 73.

A public viewing Friday at Inglewood Cemetery drew hundreds of her fans. While the sound of her classic records wafted through the parking lot, mourners waited in line for hours to pass by the open casket. James was laid to rest in a simple black suit with gold embroidery, still looking every bit the diva.

Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, and other celebrities came to pay their final respects. Stevie Wonder performed four songs, including…


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