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Etta James Biography

Dibya Raj Adhikari Tue Feb, 2016
Etta James

Facts of Etta James

Date of Birth: 1938 , January-25
Date of Death: 2012 , January-20
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 3 Inch
Name John Rich
Birth Name John Rich
Nick Name Laura
Father Nigel Allen
Mother Elaine Allen
Nationality American
Birth Place/City United States of America
Ethnicity White
Profession Singer-songwriter
Net Worth $6 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown
Body Measurements 34-23-33
Breast Size 34
Waist size 23
Hip Size 33
Shoe Size 10(US)
Weight in KG 50 kg
Famous for Vocals, bass guitar, guitar
Married Yes
Married to Joan Rich (m. 2008)
Children N/A
Divorce N/A
Working For Big & Rich
Face Color White
Education McGill University
Online Presence Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
TV Show The Night Shift Since 2014
Siblings Amelia Allen, Dan Allen
Salary N/A
Awards N/A
Religion Christianity
Boyfriend Corey Sevier
Neck Size 9.1
Movies The Vow (2012)
Special Title Travel writer
Affair with Joan Rich
Girlfriend Joan Rich
Music Group Big & Rich (Since 1998), Lonestar (1992 – 1998), MuzikMafia (Since 2001)
Sisters Amy
Chest Size 44 in
Books Curbing It
Tattoo(s) 117 pounds
Albums Son of a Preacher Man

Quick Timeline of Etta James

1938 Born in Los Angeles, California
1952 Formed the girl group, the Creolettes
1960 Released her first album, At Last!
1969 Married to Artis Mills
1974 Sentenced to drug treatment
1995 Won Grammy Awards
1989 Won Blues Music Award
2003 Was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame
2012 Died from complications from leukemia

Detail Timeline of Etta James

January 25 , 1938

Born in Los Angeles, California

Etta who was also known by her nickname, Miss Peaches was born as Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California, United States of America to Dorothy Hawkins. She claimed that actor; Rudolf Wanderone Jr. was her father. She was raised by several foster parents. She was an American.

1952

Formed the girl group, the Creolettes

Though she was born to Dorothy Hawkins, she was raised by several foster parents. One of them was Sarge" and "Mama" Lu. Mama Lu died in 1950 and then Etta moved to San Francisco. During the early 1950s, she began listening to Doo-wop and formed the musical group, Creolettes. They performed in several night clubs. They signed a recording deal with Modern Records.

November 15 , 1960

Released her first album, At Last!

After her deal with Modern Records was released, she signed a contract with Argo Records and her debut studio album, At Last! was finally released on 15th of November 1960. It was one of the greatest albums of all time. 

1969

Married to Artis Mills

In 1969, Etta got married to Artis Mills. As a married couple, they became parents twice. While she was married to him, she got involved in several legal issues like drug addiction and possession. He was sentenced to prison for about a decade. 

1974

Sentenced to drug treatment

Though James had a successful singing career, she was often involved in a string of legal problems. He was a drug addict and was also arrested for heroin possession. While her husband was sentenced to prison for about a decade; she was sentenced to drug treatment.  

1995

Won Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the music world and it’s an honor if someone wins this award. She was also honored with this award several times. She won this award for the first time in 1995 for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. 

1989

Won Blues Music Award

She was honored with Blues Music Award for several times. She won this award since the formation of this award. In 1989, she won this award for Blues Female Artist of the Year award. She won this award for Soul/Blues Album of the Year. 

2003

Was honored as Star on the Walk of Fame

She began singing since she was five. She was also honored with every major music awards. For her contribution to the music world, she was honored with Star on the Walk of Fame. She won this award for recording. 

January 20 , 2012

Died from complications from leukemia

In the early 2010, she was hospitalized for minor infection, she was infected by MRSA but the following year, she was diagnosed with leukemia and it took her life on 20th of January 2012. Her funeral was held eight days after her death. 

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In 1969, Etta got married to Artis Mills. As a married couple, they became parents twice. While she was married to him, she got involved in several legal issues like drug addiction and possession. They also severed prison for several years.

Etta was interested in singing since she was a baby girl. At the age of five, she took vocal training with James Earle Hines. She sang at the St. Paul Baptist Church and she also influenced several people from her sweet voice. During the early 1950s, she began listening to Doo-wop and formed the musical group, Creolettes. They performed in several night clubs. They signed a recording deal with Modern Records. After this deal was released, she signed a contract with Argo Records and her debut studio album, At Last! was finally released on 15th of November 1960. Her second album, The Second Time Around was released at the end of 1961.

Though James had a successful singing career, she was often involved in a string of legal problems. He was a drug addict and was also arrested for heroin possession. She was also sentenced to drug treatment.  In the early 2010, she was hospitalized for minor infection but the following year, she was diagnosed with leukemia and it took her life on 20th of January 2012. Her net worth was said to be around $16 million.