Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is Ms. Etta James
Wiki: Early life and career: 1938–1959
Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles to Dorothy Hawkins, who was only fourteen at the time. Her father has never been identified but was rumored to be possibly white. James speculated that her father was the pool player, Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, and met him briefly in 1987. Due to her mother being often absent carrying on relationships with various men, James lived with a series of caregivers, most notably “Sarge” and “Mama” Lu. James called her mother “the Mystery Lady”. Etta died on January 20th 2012.
Your mama cooked a chicken, thought it was a duck. She put it on the table with its legs cocked up.
– I’d Rather Be Blind
(Live at Montreux 1975)
2008, the movie”Cadillac Records” featured a Beyonce’s portrayal of Etta James