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Episode #091 - Etta James

From: Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri
Series: Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat
Length: 58:59

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Etta James was one of the grittiest and most influential R&B singer of all-time. We lost her on January 20th at the age of 73. This week, Matt The Cat focuses on Etta's early records from 1954-1960 on the "Juke In The Back." Read the full description.

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Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, "The greatest of all modern blues singers."  That's great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years.  Etta James, who passed away at the age of 73 on January 20, 2012 had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough and soulful voice.  She had a style all her own and she played by her own rules.  Her success on record was equally matched by her personal failures off-mic, dealing with drug addiction, bad relationships and financial problems.  On this week's "Juke In The Back," Matt The Cat looks at how this incredible legend got started, focusing on Etta's first recordings from 1954 to her great rise in 1960.  Through these records, you'll hear that even in her early days, Etta's music had great depth and variety.  We honor the late, great Etta James, this week on the "Juke In The Back."

***Please let me know if there is any interest in a 55 minute version of the show as I have that available as well***

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Piece Description

Etta JamesEtta James

Producer Jerry Wexler called Etta James, "The greatest of all modern blues singers."  That's great praise coming from a guy who worked with the greatest of the greats for 50 years.  Etta James, who passed away at the age of 73 on January 20, 2012 had an amazing talent for mixing a bit of tenderness and heartbreak into her gritty, tough and soulful voice.  She had a style all her own and she played by her own rules.  Her success on record was equally matched by her personal failures off-mic, dealing with drug addiction, bad relationships and financial problems.  On this week's "Juke In The Back," Matt The Cat looks at how this incredible legend got started, focusing on Etta's first recordings from 1954 to her great rise in 1960.  Through these records, you'll hear that even in her early days, Etta's music had great depth and variety.  We honor the late, great Etta James, this week on the "Juke In The Back."

***Please let me know if there is any interest in a 55 minute version of the show as I have that available as well***

Broadcast History

"Juke In The Back" airs on over 20 radio stations each week in the US and is now carried worldwide over Voice Of America's Music Mix Network.

Transcript

Juke In The Back #091 - Playlist

1. Swanee River Boogie – Albert Ammons – Mercury 1947
2. The Wallflower – Etta James & “The Peaches” – Modern 1955
3. Hold Me, Squeeze Me – Etta James & “The Peaches” – Modern 1955
4. Hey Henry – Etta James – Modern 1955
5. Be Mine – Etta James – Modern 1955
6. Good Rockin’ Daddy – Etta James – Modern 1955
7. Crazy Feeling – Etta James – Modern 1955
8. W-O-M-A-N – Etta James – Modern 1955
9. Number One – Etta James – Modern 1956
10. Tears Of Joy – Etta “Miss Peaches” James – Modern 1956
11. Tough Lover – Etta James – Modern 1956
12. Good Lookin’ – Etta James – Modern 1956
13. GREAT 78 – Come What May – Etta James – Modern 1957
14. The Pick-Up – Etta James – Modern 1957
15. Baby Baby Every Night – Etta James - Kent 1958
16. All I Could Do Was Cry – Etta James – Argo 1960
17. If I Can’t Have You – Etta & Harvey – Chess 1960
18. At Last – Etta Ja...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

This week, we honor the great Etta James, who passed away at the age of 73 on January 20, 2012. Hear her early records and her rise to fame on this week's "Juke In The Back."

OUTRO:

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