Etta James 1938-2012: Five of her most memorable songs
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'Good Rocking Daddy' (1955)
James scored her second chart hit in 1955 with this rock 'n' roll-meets-R&B number. Penned by Richard Berry and backed by the Maxwell Davis Orchestra, the track peaked at number six in the US, and serves as an early indication of her soon-to-be world renowned vocal.
'At Last' (1960)
James's rendition of the song, which originally featured in the 1942 musical Orchestra Wives by a different artist, eventually became synonymous with the star. Released in 1960, it was her first R&B/pop crossover hit and launched her into the mainstream Billboard chart. In 1999, her version was honoured with a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
'I Just Wanna Make Love to You' (1961)
James's cover of Muddy Waters' 1954 hit was recorded for her debut album At Last!. In 1996, her version became popular in the UK after featuring in a Diet Coke ad campaign, and went on to chart at number five.
'I'd Rather Go Blind' (1967)
This cut from James's seventh album Tell Mama may have missed the top 40 on the UK charts, but remains one of her most notable hits. It was later covered by British blues group Chicken Shack, led by Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie. More recently, it has become a favourite with X Factor contestants on both sides of the Atlantic.
One of James's last recordings, 'Dreamer' was the title track from her most recent LP, only released last year. She announced it would be her final album, and her stunning vocal showing made it a powerful last stand.