American R&B and gospel singer
2. Comic strip by Paul
Blues singer James; “At Last” singer James; James of
jazz; James in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Miss Kett; Kett
of old comics
Once a month
James funeral plans announced
Last – Etta James
as I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of
that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve.
~ Etta James
James in 1990
James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January
20, 2012) was 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.
is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues
and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 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 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time
and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.
was hospitalized in January 2010 to treat an infection caused by
MRSA. During her hospitalization, her son Donto revealed that
James had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008, and
attributed her previous comments about Beyoncé Knowles to
"drug induced dementia".
was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2011. The illness became
terminal and she died on January 20, 2012, just five days before
her 74th birthday, at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside,
Kett was a long-run comic strip created by Paul Robinson and
distributed by King Features Syndicate. Launched as a single
panel during December 1925, it originally offered tips to
teenagers on manners, etiquette and the social graces.
however, saw the story potential, and he soon expanded his
characters into a daily strip and Sunday page about teenager Etta
Kett, her family and friends in a suburban setting. As Peter
Kylling observed, Robinson borrowed from his earlier strip, The
series premiered in the early 1920s. Stopped in 1925. Apparently
just another series about a married couple living in the suburbs,
but there are differences taking the time and age in
consideration: Howard Byrd helps with the daily chores, and Peggy
Byrd works in an office along with Howard. Furthermore, Howard
likes his parents-in-law(!) and he joins the army only to be
kicked out because of poor eyesight. The father character in
Robinson's next comic book series, Etta Kett, is clearly modelled
after Howard, and the series as a whole may be seen as a
continuation of The Love-Byrds, except that the Ketts have a
daughter who is in focus. She, on the other hand, bears
resemblance to Peggy Byrd!
brunette Etta and her boyfriend Wingey Wallace experienced an
endless round of activities and events, such as soda fountain
sessions at the Sugar Shack (where Wingey worked), rooting for
the home team at the football field, arranging dates, pulling
pranks and heading off for the rodeo. Comics historian Andy
Madura commented, "Beginning in late 1925, Etta Kett was
another of the flapper strips stemming from the 1920s. Like those
that survived the era, Etta Kett had to metamorphosize away from
the frivolous flapper mentality to attract Great Depression and
beyond readers. For Etta Kett this was largely accomplished by
putting Etta into a more college-like setting and making her the
proper opposite to her somewhat wolfish boyfriends."
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