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Don't Cry Etta James…Don't Cry, Baby!
By Larry Buford

When the editor of Jamsource/Runway Magazine asked me to write an article on the late great singer extraordinaire Etta James in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, I was hard-pressed to come up with something new about the artist that has not already been said…then bingo! I went to a book signing and got the angle that I needed.

She was born Jamesetta Hawkins. By age five she was known as a gospel prodigy; at the time of her death she'd mastered R&B, jazz, blues, and rock. As she began her professional singing career the name Jamesetta was inverted to Etta James.

One of her early hits that soared to number two on the R&B charts - "All I Could Do Was Cry" - was co-written by Motown founder Berry Gordy before there was Motown. Chess Records producer Ralph Bass remembered about the recording session: "One take and Etta was crying her eyes out for real. The band wanted her to do it over. I told them 'Forget it'…how much more soul could I get from a singer?"

Etta James had a lot to cry about. Raised by a series of foster parents - the good and the bad - she referred to her biological sleep around mother as "the mystery lady". She speculated that her father was the professional pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone whom she met briefly for the first time at age 49. Her childhood struggles set the stage for a life of alcohol and drug abuse.

There was a quality about James' voice that made you cry. To this day I can hardly listen to "I'd Rather Go Blind" without welling up as singer/actress Beyonce did in her portrayal of James in the movie "Cadillac Records." I can only wonder if there was some irony in James' hit "Don't Cry Baby" to remind her to get through the song without crying.

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