To celebrate the year in which she would have turned 80, London based rhythm and blues singer Madeleine Rose Witney honours the life of the powerful force of nature that was Etta James.
Expect to hear all her greatest songs performed live, from ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ to ‘Something’s got a hold on Me’ and the timeless ‘At Last’.
With a versatile and emotionally direct voice that could enliven the raunchiest blues as well as the subtlest love songs, Ms. James was not easy to pigeonhole. She is most often referred to as a rhythm and blues singer, and that is how she made her name in the 1950s with songs like “Good Rockin’ Daddy”, but she was equally comfortable singing pop standards, as she did in 1961 with “At Last”, which was written in 1941 and originally recorded by Glenn Miller’s orchestra.
Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, she won four Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement honour in 2003 and one for best jazz vocal performance, which she won in 1995 for the album Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday.
DJ’ing on the night will be 50s and 60s specialist Ginger Fizz.