Happy Birthday Etta James: With Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker In 1986

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Five years ago legendary vocalist Etta James passed away on January 20, five days before what would have been her 74th birthday. A member of the Rock And Roll Hall Fame, the woman born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938 had a standout singing style that was comfortable within rock, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, jazz and nearly any other genre thrown her way. James had a way of owning whatever song she was singing and whichever stage she was performing on.

James reached global notoriety on the basis of such classics as “I’d Rather Go Blind” and “At Last,” which were issued by an imprint of the famed Chicago-based record label Chess Records. Two other hits for James were “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” which she co-wrote with Leroy Kirkland and Pearl Woods, and “Tell Mama,” which appeared on her 1968 LP of the same name issued by the Cadet label.

Throughout her career James shared the stage with many other talented musicians, including one night in 1986 in San Francisco. Guitarists Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, and legendary blues pioneer John Lee Hooker performed together at a concert produced by famed Bay Area promoter Bill Graham. James took center stage for “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Tell Mama,” the latter featuring the assistance of John Lee Hooker. Watch James and crew in the pair of videos below posted by Santana on MV:

[Something’s Got A Hold On Me]

[Tell Mama]