Rock and roll lost a legend on Friday with the passing of Etta James. An oft-troubled life didn’t prevent James from a remarkable career that inspired several generations of artists. And how many artists can lay claim to having been inducted into the Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Halls of Fame, not to mention a lifetime achievement award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Here are three clips to celebrate James and her legacy. The first is a spectacular performance of her hit “I’d Rather Go Blind” with Dr. John. The second finds her rocking the house with Chuck Berry, Keith Richard and friends on Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music.” The third is a take on Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” captured on New Years Eve 1982 with the Grateful Dead.
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