Etta James Dies at 73
Soul and R&B legend Etta James has died at the age of 73. James is most famous for her ballad "At Last", written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the 1941 film musical Orchestra Wives. The song hit number two on the R&B chart in 1962 and was covered by scores of artists, including Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat 'King' Cole, Miles Davis and Beyonce. She's received numerous awards over the years including one of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's first Pioneer Awards in 1989 and an NAACP Image Award in 1990. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was honored with the Billboard R&B Founders Award. James also won three Grammy Awards plus a Lifetime Achievement honor in 2003, as well as nine Soul/Blues Female Artist of the Year awards from the Blues Foundation.