2 Feb 2012

Etta James Funeral: Stars Pay Tribute To The Legendary Blues Singer

Author: katy | Filed under: Music News

Blues legend Etta James was finally laid to rest last Saturday, surrounded by hundreds of mourners and fellow celebrities who had come to pay their respects to the singer who had helped to inspire and shape their own careers.

R&B and Blues singer Etta James was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier in the year and finally passed away on the 20th January 2012 at the age of 73, much to the sadness of her fans and friends everywhere. James was hailed by many as ‘the greatest of all modern blues singers’ and despite having a somewhat troubled life that was plagued with bouts of drug dependency, enjoyed a musical career that spanned almost six decades – a triumphant feat for a female R&B star.

After her death, scores of celebrities and like-minded divas choose to pay tribute to the ‘At Last’ singer, with celebrities such as Beyoncé and Adele opening up within days of her death to talk of how the sultry singer had influenced their own careers.

Speaking on her blog, Beyoncé told of how ‘Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist.’

Superstar Adele also took to her blog to write ‘What a lady Etta James was. She was the ultimate original.’

Several stars including Christina Aguilera and Stevie Wonder attended the singer’s funeral, which was conducted at Los Angeles’s City of Refuge church. During the service a rendition of the much-loved classic ‘At Last’ was sung by an emotional Christina Aguilera.

The service was finished poignantly with cries from Reverend Sharp of ‘Etta, you made it, you’re going home. At last! At last! At last!’

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