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Mystery Lady - Songs Of Billie Holiday CD

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spv Blue Label
  • ASIN: B001FBPR60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Audio Cassette |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,005 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938. She decided at an early age that she wanted to be a performer but the urge to sing was a part of her make-up. Johnny Otis, impressed with Etta’s singing, took her to Los Angeles to record. ‘The Wallflower’, with the artist credit Etta James and ‘The Peaches’, was released in time for Christmas and was Etta’s sassy debut and would frequent the R&B charts for seventeen weeks, rising to No. 2.

Her first release ‘All I Could Do Was Cry’, for Chess, entered the R&B chart in May 1960 and rose to its peak at No. 2. Her second release, ‘My Dearest Darling’, made it to No. 5. People began to compare her with Dinah Washington, who along with Billie Holiday, was Etta’s ideal.

In 1993 she signed with Private Music, telling its president Ron Goldstein she wanted to cut an album dedicated to Billie Holiday. Goldstein was enthusiastic and attached producer John Snyder to the project. Pianist Cedar Walton was engaged as arranger for the sessions, which included Holiday’s own ‘Don’t Explain’, ‘The Man I Love’, ‘How Deep Is The Ocean’ ‘Body And Soul’ and ‘The Very Thought Of You’. Etta recalls ‘His charts were clean and crisp, not a wasted note, and his own playing incredibly sensitive. He created the mood I was looking for. That allowed me to pay my respects to Billie, not by imitating her, but by singing in my own style.’ Such was the artistic success of the enterprise, Etta won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, an award she never expected to receive. In the same year, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2003 she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008, it was announced that Beyonce Knowles would portray her in the film, Cadillac Records.

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