May 19, 2015
Etta James - Tell Mama
Etta James' Tell Mama album, back by the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, ironically and unfortunately placed her somewhat in direct competition with Aretha Franklin.
Although James' bluesy vocals were raw and powerful enough to put her on par with Franklin, Franklin was already anointed Queen of Soul from as early as 1967 when she recorded for Atlantic Records.
I remember seeing brief footage of her funeral on the news. I'm thankful that due to her surge of popular culture media exposure, her talent and legend did not go unnoticed.