by Kevin Allman
One of the truly great mid-century voices in R&B, Etta James, has died in California at the age of 73. James had battled leukemia for many years.
Here is Etta's last appearance at Jazz Fest in 2009. It was an uneven set, and the toll that time and illness had taken on her was sadly apparent that day.
As long as someone's getting married, her beautiful version of "At Last" will never die. But the song below will always be my favorite. She was only 15 when she recorded the then-scandalous "Roll With Me, Henry."