Singing legend, Etta James has died. Her songs became ubiquitous on singing competitions such as American Idol and the X Factor. Kelly Clarkson auditioned in Dallas with “At Last” and , Rachel Crow personally chose “I’d Rather Go Blind” to sing in competition.
Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as “The Wallflower,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and the wedding favorite “At Last,” has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73.
She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said.
She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.
” This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said. “She was a true original who could sing it all — her music defied category.
“I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”
Here are a few of Etta’s songs as sung by reality show hopefuls.
Kelly Clarkson – At Last – American Idol Dallas Audition
Josh Krajcik – At Last – X Factor Audition
Lauren Turner – Seven Day Fool – American Idol Season 10 Top 12 Girls
Rachel Crow – “l’d Rather Go Blind” – X Factor Survival Song
Etta James – At Last