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Etta James didn’t exactly have a good upbringing since she was abused for much of her young life and developed a kind of stage fright that made it hard to sing on demand. Without going into the sordid details she did develop a strong and very forceful singing voice that eventually became her one ticket to fame. Later on in life however she also suffered from a serious heroin addiction that made matters even worse. During her singing days she was magic, and had a voice that many people would have done anything to possess. But too many issues from the past that were compounded by those that came during her rise to fame did enough to really do a number on Etta in her aging years. Eventually she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and then leukemia, which eventually took her in the end.
There are a lot of songs from her legendary career, but below are some of the best.
Stories - Musicians - Celebrities - Etta - Day
The stories you hear about musicians and other celebrities being abused when they’re young or when they get older are horrible, but back in Etta’s day it would seem that no one was there to look out for her since her mother was out constantly and those watching over her seemed more inclined to turn a blind eye. But the effects of being so horrible to a child can be long-lasting and have several adverse effects as they grow older. This was proved in Etta’s case since in order to deal with what her life had become she turned at times in the wrong direction, but more often than not it would seem that this was what she knew to do.
You can’t deny that Etta had an awesome voice, but to think that it was pushed out of her by...
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