Etta James: psyche fable dies in California

US soul singer Etta James, best known for the tracks At Last and for I'd Rather Go Blind, has died aged 73. In 1993 she went on to win six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born Jamesetta Hawkins in 1938, her mother was only 14 years old, and she never knew her father.

Singers have paid tribute to the star on Twitter. Bryan Adams wrote Etta James one of the best voices of all time...RIP. Raised mainly by friends and relatives, she began singing when her grandparents took her to a Baptist Church, where she joined the choir as a soloist. The band recorded together for a number of years but it was not until 1960, when James signed to the legendary Chess Records as a solo artist, that she began to achieve musical recognition.

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