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I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. Etta James#Music 66
Etta James#Music 66
Long as I was riding in a big Cadillac and dressed nice and had plenty of food, that's all I cared about. Etta James#Food 64
Etta James#Food 64
My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble! Etta James#Mother 59
Etta James#Mother 59
My mother always wanted me to be glamorous. When I thought about that, it really fired me up, and once I lost all those pounds, I started to feel really good about myself. Etta James#Mother 44
Etta James#Mother 44
Johnny Guitar... just one of my favorite singers of all time. I met him when we were both on the road with Johnny Otis in the '50s when I was a teenager. We traveled the country in a car together.I would hear him sing every night. Etta James#Car 25
Etta James#Car 25
And as I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve. Etta James#Appreciation 23
Etta James#Appreciation 23
When I sing for myself, I probably sing for anyone who has any kind of hurt, any kind of bad feelings, good feelings, ups and downs, highs and lows, that kind of thing. Etta James#Uncategorized 22
Etta James#Uncategorized 22
You can't fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, in the need, that's got nothing to do with it. It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them. Etta James#History 21
Etta James#History 21
Now I can stand up on the stage again like I used to after five years of sitting down while I sang. Etta James#Uncategorized 21
Etta James#Uncategorized 21
But even so, I still get nervous before I go onstage. Etta James#Experience 21
Etta James#Experience 21
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