Well, we have heard a lot of old songs this month. Some are oldies that have a definite sound that remind us of a particular time period that we remember but is now gone. Then there are old songs that still sound as fresh today as the day they were recorded. One of those songs that I enjoy listening to despite its age is At Last by Etta James.
James who crossed the line often between blues, jazz and rock was one of those timeless performers. Despite a difficult life that included numerous bouts with drug addictions she found a way to keep coming back.
There is a story that says that Etta James once went steady with another young blues singer B.B. King when she was 16. It is believed that B.B. King's hit single "Sweet Sixteen" was about Etta.
James who won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards, was inducted into the both the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rolling Stone Magazine has ranked her 22 on the list of 100 Greatest Singers.
At Last was written in 1941 and was first recorded by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. But it wasn't until James recorded her version in 1960 that the song became a classic. Over time the song has become a standard for weddings, anniversaries or whenever a tender moment inspires us.
Sit back and relax. Listen to Etta James’ deep earthy voice as she sings the blues.