Today in Music History: Saluting Etta James

Etta James was born today in 1938.
Etta James was born today in 1938. (Wikipedia)

Birthday Highlight:

Etta James, who passed away last year at the age of 73, was born on this day in 1938. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. We played her signature song, "At Last."

Also, Today In:

1975 - The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of The Marveletts 1961 hit "Please Mr. Postman".

1980 - The Specials made their US live debut when they appeared at New York's Hurrah Club.

2004 - Bob Dylan was paid by ladies underwear company Victoria's Secret to fly to Venice in Northern Italy, to film a TV advertisement in an ancient palazzo with a scantily dressed model.

2008 - British Sea Power's keyboard and cornet player Phil Sumner ended up in the hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive.

2011 - A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles.

Birthdays:

Alicia Keys is 32 today.

Andy Cox of The English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals is 57 today.


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