Etta James had a unique and powerful voice that blended R&B and soul. Her passion was intense and unmatched, making her voice legendary. Her live performances were even more captivating than her recorded music. Here are five unforgettable live moments in memory of Etta James, who died on January 20, 2012.
“Something’s Got A Hold On Me”
Etta James’ live performance of “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” is an awe-inspiring display of her power and passion as a singer. From the very beginning of the song, James’ vocals are nothing short of remarkable, with an intensity and grit that is hard to match. She delivers the lyrics with fierce emotion, expertly executing vocal runs that show off her range and skill as a performer. The audience is immediately drawn in by her commanding stage presence and eager to be wrapped up in the captivating energy of the hit song. Throughout the performance, James exudes confidence and skill that comes from years of experience, leaving no doubt that she is a true master of her craft.
Medley (Live 1977)
Etta James, an iconic singer, delivers a spellbinding performance of a medley of ballads that includes “At Last,” “Trust In Me,” and “A Sunday Kind Of Love.” Her performance is marked by an unparalleled level of passion and intensity that captures the audience’s attention from start to finish. Even as she drips with sweat, Etta James remains unfazed and gives everything she has to the stage. Her commanding presence and fiery voice are on full display, making it impossible for anyone in the audience not to be completely captivated by her performance. This is a truly mesmerizing moment from one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
“I’d Rather Go Blind” (Live with Dr. John, 1987)
During her appearance on BB King & Friends, Etta James delivers an emotional performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind” that captivates the audience. Her powerful vocals convey the intense emotions of the song with ease. In the middle of the song, Dr. John joins her on stage and the two engage in a moving call-and-response duet, fighting for their relationship in front of the audience. The performance is a testament to the deep connection and chemistry between the two legendary musicians.
“Ain’t Nobody’s Business” (Live on BB King & Friends)
The musical collaboration between three of the most iconic female vocalists, Etta James, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan, was one of the highlights of the BB King & Friends performance, where they delivered a stunning and powerful rendition of “Ain’t Nobody’s Business”. The song, a classic blues tune, was elevated to new heights with the exceptional vocal talent of each of the three divas, who each brought their unique style to the performance.
“At Last” (Live at the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction)
In 1993, Etta James performed her famous song “At Last” at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. James delivers a mesmerizing performance that captivates the audience with her powerful voice and perfect timing, putting emphasis on every word and knowing exactly how to control the push and pull of the song to create a striking and unforgettable performance. The crowd is enchanted by every line she sings, hanging onto her every word as she showcases her talent as a seasoned performer.