Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938) is an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as “Dance With Me, Henry”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind” for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems including drug addiction before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album, The Seven Year Itch.
She is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008.Rolling Stone ranked James number twenty-two on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number sixty-two on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.
The movie “Rooftops” staring Jason Gedrick was released in 1989 and with most films aimed at the younger market in the 80’s it had an accompanying soundtrack that featured songs by Jeffrey Osborne, Grace Jones and the track “Avenue D” by Etta James, the soundtrack does not really look like it’s worth tracking down but this single is a killer, especially with Francois Kevorkian at the controls for 12″ remix duties.
Avenue D (Kevorkian Remix) 6:55
Avenue Dub 4:38