Etta James


January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012

Aaaat Laaaaaaaast….

The opening words of Etta James’ (born, Jamesetta Hawkins) classic ballad “At Last” are unmistakable. James was a prolific singer whose career covered and influenced nearly every genre imaginable. She won six Grammys, a host of other awards and was an 1993 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Whether she was belting Jazz, R&B, Gospel or straight Blues, Etta was without equal. Alas, a staggering amount of legal troubles (Forgery! Heroin!) and health issues (Leukemia! MRSA!?) is enough to derail anyone.  And, though it took nearly 74 years, that’s exactly what happened.  After a glorious lifetime of beautiful music, trouble and health issues, Etta, at last, succumbed.


Inglewood Park Cemetery – Inglewood, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Chimes Mausoleum, Building D, #32-C; On the west-facing wall of Building D, Etta’s crypt is in the 3rd tier up, just 2 spaces from the left edge.



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