Friday, January 20, 2012


Wow, what a messed up week. Jimmy Castor, Johnny Otis and Etta James all gone in a matter of days. Just an unpleasant reminder to go see the living greats, if you can, before you can't. Here's some from Etta James, who, contrary to how it may seem, did more than one song. Really, as great a song as "At Last" is (and it is), she really is someone who could make a song all hers, a master song stylist. To wit, "I Just Want To Make Love To You" is nothing like the version first made famous by Muddy Waters. The same goes for her treatment of "Just A Little Bit" (Roscoe Gordon), and "Security" (Otis Redding), and a whole bunch of others.

Etta James, with Keith Richards, Robert Cray and Johnny Johnson. While superfan Chuck Berry watches.

I'm reluctantly taking a pass on Jimmy Castor and Johnny Otis, because Funky 16 Corners has both of them well covered and he's promised a Monday Etta post, so bookmark him. (Hell, if you haven't already booked him as a regular destination, you need to start paying attention.)

Etta James - At Last mp3 at Carried Away
Etta James - Good Rockin' Daddy mp3 at Dirty Poodle
Etta James - Tell Mama mp3 at Blog Rage
Etta James - I Just Want to Make Love to You mp3 at Tsururadio
Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind mp3 at Free Beer For Yorky
Etta James - Just A Little Bit mp3 at The Soul Girl
Etta James - Security mp3 at LS Scott
Etta James & Sugar Pie Desanto - In the Basement (Pt 1) mp3 at Dr. Mooneys
Etta James & Sugar Pie Desanto - In the Basement (Pt 2) mp3
at Dr. Mooneys
Etta James - Lover Man mp3 at Musik Kurier
Etta James - Something's Got A Hold On Me mp3 at Music Kurier
Etta James - Watch Dog mp3 (via at 27 Leggies
Etta James - Six more songs at Funky 16 Corners

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