Etta James died January 2o.
James had a lot of demons: heroin and cocaine to name two. Her lifelong partner–music–got her through it. She sang through hard times, good times, in sickness and in health. She was enormously gifted, hilariously raunchy and tough enough to make it in a world notoriously unkind to women of color. She was fifteen when she recorded “Roll With Me Henry” and she never looked back.
Rest in Peace, Etta James.