News featuring Etta James

The following news stories mention Etta James. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 1253 hours ago.

’15 Jul 6 Mon

Monday 6th July

  • Naidoc week 2015 mixtape: Emma Donovan, Bart Willoughby, Radical Son and more

    Some of Australia’s finest musicians are performing around the country for the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

    Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the north coast of New South Wales before becoming a regular fixture at the Tamworth country music festival. But as she began to absorb new influences from her father’s record collection – American artists like LaVern Baker and Etta James, along with Indigenous Australian acts No Fixed Address and Archie Roach – her music took a left turn into blues and soul. Now performing with Melbourne rhythm combo the PutBacks, their album Dawn is a throwback to the big hair and big heart of 70s soul music. See them performing at Sydney’s Hyde Park on 6 July.

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’15 Apr 22 Wed

Wednesday 22nd April

  • Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

    What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

    Revivalism is hip right now in music; what’s more, it's insanely profitable. Retro rules the current Billboard Hot 100, where Mark Ronson's record-collection-pilfering "Uptown Funk" sits alongside Maroon 5's lite-funk ditty "Sugar", while Ed Sheeran's baby-making crooner "Thinking Out Loud" may be just as ripe as "Blurred Lines" was for a legal challenge by Marvin Gaye's estate. Each of these songs feels a little cheap for how luxuriantly polished it is; "Uptown Funk" could teach…

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’15 Mar 22 Sun

Sunday 22nd March

  • Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s original ‘foxy lady’

    Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her. In a rare interview Lithofayne Pridgon tells Chris Campion the unvarnished story of Harlem’s wildest music scene – and how she came to be Hendrix’s greatest muse

    Never been kissed until she met “Fever” singer Little Willie John. Seduced by Sam Cooke at only 16. Pined for by Jimi Hendrix as the one woman he loved but could never hold on to. Lithofayne Pridgon, the unacknowledged inspiration behind Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”, has held some of the most charismatic and talented performers of their day in her sway, and befriended many others – a roll call that includes Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Ike Turner and James Brown. She was also Etta James’s best friend.

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’14 Oct 14 Tue

Tuesday 14th October

  • Stream Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

    Aretha Franklin takes on the divas on her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. We’ve already heard her renditions of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” which also had a memorable Letterman performance. The rest of the record features covers of Etta James, Gladys Knight, Barbra Streisand, [...]

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’14 Sep 29 Mon

Monday 29th September

  • Aretha Franklin Reveals Title And Release Date For Diva Covers Album: Morning Mix

    :: Aretha Franklin‘s forthcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is out October 21. She will sing songs by Etta James, Whitney Houston, Adele and more.  [Billboard] :: Snoop Dogg‘s next album is solely produced by Pharrell and features Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. For a hint of what to expect, watch Snoop […]

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’14 May 29 Thu

Thursday 29th May

  • Which singers do you rate most highly?

    Open thread: According to a viral online list currently doing the rounds, Axl Rose is one of the most accomplished vocalists in recent memory. Which singer tops your list?

    According to a recent interactive chart compiled from data at The Range Place forum, Axl Rose is the world's greatest singer if, that is, you're taking vocal range as your criteria.

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’14 Mar 27 Thu

Thursday 27th March

  • Kelly Clarkson And Martina McBride Join Forces On “In The Basement”: Listen

    You would be forgiven for thinking a Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride duet would be a country-tinged affair. (After all, we know how much the inaugural American Idol winner like to dabble in the genre). Well, think again. The gals’ interpretation of Etta James‘ “In The Basement” is actually a soaring soul anthem. The song ... More »

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’14 Mar 18 Tue

Tuesday 18th March

  • 'A Night With Janis Joplin' moves to Gramercy Theatre (other shows cancelled because of this new residency)

    Though the Live Nation booked Gramercy Theatre in NYC does have a few random concerts still scheduled there (like Freddie Gibbs/Madlib and Bun B/Kirko Bangz, you'll notice that most of the upcoming schedule is now taken up by 'A Night With Janis Joplin', which is moving there from Broadway. The press release reads:

    A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN arrives at Gramercy Theatre following an engagement at Broadway's Lyceum Theater where it was hailed by critics and had audiences leaping to their feet and dancing in the aisles. Mary Bridget Davies, who has taken New York by storm with her critically acclaimed performance as Janis Joplin, will reprise her role. On stage, Davies will be joined by many of the production's Broadway cast - a stellar, eight-piece rock band as well as her "Joplinaires" - incredible female singers who provide the iconic voices of the blues and soul singers who…

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’14 Jan 15 Wed

Wednesday 15th January

’13 Oct 24 Thu

Thursday 24th October

  • Muscle Shoals – review

    A magnificently soundtracked documentary showcases the town in segregationist Alabama that became an oasis of mixed skin colours and musical styles, and a wellspring of hit records

    Who would've thought a bunch of white musicians would be the studio band for some of the top black R&B and soul artists of all time? Well, anyone who's watched Standing in the Shadows of Motown, for starters, the film that looms silently over this documentary about another 60s music scene: the legendary performers and hit records that came swirling like Tennessee River water out of the town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, pop 8,000. But if it doesn't have quite the same original impact as Standing in the Shadows, and at times looks uncomfortably like a Jack Daniels ad, what Greg Camalier's film shares is a mesmerising soundtrack. Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Percy "When a Man Loves a Woman" Sledge, the Allman…

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