Etta James, Tell Mama

“I’d Rather Go Blind” alone is worth the price of a complete album download, but this 1967 recording is quite possibly the most underrated album of that magical year. The beauty of these modern times is that it’s so easy for us to go back and listen to the catalogue of someone like Etta James and shake our head in wide wonder at how much talent can be packed into one woman’s body.

Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner may receive many well-deserved accolades for their rock/soul and rhythm & blues prowess, but Etta deserves to be anointed Queen Lioness as well. 

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