21 Jan '12, 1am

Soulful blues 'bad girl' Etta James dead at 73

Soulful blues 'bad girl' Etta James dead at 73

Legendary jazz vocalist Etta James performs at the 26th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood in this June 19, 2004 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pioneering US blues singer Etta James, who flitted effortlessly from jazz, pop standards and love ballads to feisty R&B and who plunged into drug addiction before resurrecting her career to win six Grammys, has died. James, who would have turned 74 later this month, died on Friday after a battle with leukaemia, her manager Lupe De Leon said. Doctors last month said her cancer was inoperable. James sang about love, lust, loss and redemption, notably in her best known songs such as At Last and I'd Rather Go Blind, and often lived the part in a drama-drenched personal life that saw her grow up with little parental guidance, enter into perilous romantic relationships, head in and out of re...

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