1. Andy says

    I saw her live back in the 80’s in a tiny club (Catalina Bar & Grill, maybe?). There was no stage, and she was literally a couple of feet from me as she sang. She was very overweight at the time, and did the whole show in her bare feet. She only did about 5 or 6 numbers, and only one of them was one of her hits (I’d Rather Go Blind). I do remember she sang Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” as well as a beautiful number I’d never heard before called “Sugar on the Floor” by Kiki Dee. I’ve since heard Kiki’s original version, as well as Elton John’s cover, but Etta James owns that song, just like she owned “At Last” and just about anything she ever sang.

  2. says

    One of the real and true greats, never a false note. I saw her at the Montreal Jazz Fest just a few years ago, and she still had it going on. And she kept recording great music long after the initial hits. RIP, Etta.

    P.S. I agree, Andy, about Sugar on the Floor. I picked one of her live versions of it as my tribute choice. Not that “At Last” wasn’t a classic, and definitively hers, but she was a lot more than that one song.

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