Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Etta James | KCET
Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Etta James
In honor of Black History Month, join us each day from February 10th to the 19th as we celebrate Black Angelenos who have influenced culture, social justice, and progress in Los Angeles and, in some instances, the nation.
Today we celebrate Etta James:
Her original song "Roll With Me Henry" (at the time a vulgar sentiment) was later re-recorded by Caucasian artist Georgie Gibbs and became a crossover hit-- one of several in the early rock era when white singers got hits by covering songs by black artists.
In 1967, James recorded with the Muscle Shoals house band in the Fame studios, resulting in the triumphant Tell Mama album, considered one of the most highly regarded soul albums of all time.
Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.
In 1984, James performed at the Olympics' opening ceremonies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
From 1989, James received over 30 awards and recognitions from eight different organizations, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In 2003, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard, and a Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Blues Foundation has nominated James for a Blues Music Award nearly every year since its founding in 1980; and she has received numerous Blues Female Artist of the Year award 14 times since 1989.
As we continue celebrating Black History Month with daily portraits of iconic Angelenos, check back for more features on other pioneering individuals and make sure to share this history with your friends and family. Click here for more portraits.