Saying Goodbye To R&B Great Etta JamesPlay
Singer Etta James died Friday at the age of 73 from complications of leukemia. She was a multiple Grammy winner, best known for her classic version of "At Last."
Her career had its ups and downs: she suffered from a heroin addiction, kidney problems, and in later years, dementia, but as Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham told Robin Young, this was an extraordinary woman who even as a teenager had a full-grown sound.
Renee says that James' music is full of a tension and drama that eludes many contemporary singers.
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- Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham
This segment aired on January 23, 2012.