Tag Archives: Etta James

Etta James: Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday

On March 15, 1996, “Private Music” label released “Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday, the 19th Etta James album. It was recorded in 1995, and was produced by John Snyder.


  • Etta James – vocal
  • Cedar Walton – piano, arrangements
  • Josh Sclair – guitar
  • Tony Dumas – bass
  • Ealph Penland – drums
  • Ralph Penland – percussion
  • Red Holloway – alto and tenor saxophone
  • Ronnie Buttacavoli – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Kraig Kilby – trombone
  • Jay Newland – engineer
  • Mark Guilbeault – engineer assistant
  • Jay Newland – mastering
  • Lupe DeLeon – executive producer

Track listing:

  1. Don’t Explain – Arthur Herzog Jr,. Billie Holiday
  2. You’ve Changed – Bill Carey, Carl Fischer
  3. The Man I Love – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  4. I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance (With You) – Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Roger Ramirez
  5. Lover Man (Where Can You Be) – Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman, Roger Ramirez
  6. Embraceable You – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  7. How Deep Is the Ocean – Irving Berlin
  8. (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over – Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson
  9. Body and Soul – Edward Heyman, Frank Eyton, John Green, Bob Sour
  10. The Very Thought of You – Ray Noble
  11. I’ll Be Seeing You – Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain

Etta James: All the Way

On March 14, 2006, “RCA Victor” label released “All the Way”, the 28th Etta James album. It was recorded in 2005, and was produced by Sametto James, Donto James and Joshua Sklair.


  • Etta James – lead and backing vocals, executive producer
  • Joshua Sklair – acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals, recording, mastering, music director
  • Bobby Murray – electric guitar
  • David K. Mathews – keyboards, strings
  • Sametto James – acoustic and electric bass, backing vocals, recording
  • Donto James – drums, percussion, backing vocals, recording
  • Ronnie Buttacavoli – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Randy Williams – backing vocals
  • Tamara Oliver – backing vocals
  • Ed Cherney – mixing, mastering
  • Anthony Montes De Oca – photography
  • Lithofayne Pridgeon – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. All the Way – Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
  2. Stop On By – Thomas Truman, Bobby Womack
  3. Strung Out – Johnny Watson
  4. Somewhere – Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
  5. Holding Back the Years – Michael James Hucknall, Neil Moss
  6. Imagine – John Lennon
  7. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  8. It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown, Betty Newsome
  9. Purple Rain – Prince
  10. What’s Going On – Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  11. Calling You – Robert E. Telson

Etta James: Tell Mama

In February 1968, “Cadet Records” label released “Tell Mama”, the seventh Etta James studio album. It was recorded in 1967, at “Fame Studios” in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and was produced by Rick Hall.


  • Etta James – lead vocals
  • Jimmy Ray Jenkins, Albert Lowe – guitar
  • Marvell Thomas – piano
  • George Davis, Spooner Oldham – keyboards
  • Carl Banks, Barry Beckett – organ
  • David Hood – bass guitar
  • Roger Hawkins – drums
  • Gene “Bowlegs” Miller – trumpet
  • James Mitchell, Aaron Varnell – saxophone
  • Floyd Newman – baritone saxophone
  • Charles Chalmers – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Tell Mama – Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell
  2. I’d Rather Go Blind – Billy Foster, Ellington Jordan, Etta James
  3. Watch Dog – Don Covay
  4. The Love of My Man – Ed Townsend
  5. I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got – Don Covay
  6. The Same Rope – Leonard Caston, Jr., Lloyd Webster
  7. Security – Otis Redding
  8. Steal Away – Jimmy Hughes
  9. My Mother In-Law – George David, Lee Diamond
  10. Don’t Lose Your Good Thing – Rick Hall, Spooner Oldham
  11. It Hurts Me So Much – Charles Chalmers
  12. Just a Little Bit – Rosco Gordon

Etta James: Call My Name

On January 27, 1967, “Cadet” label released “Call My Name”, the sixth Etta James studio album. It was recorded in December 1966, at “Ter Mar Studios” in Chicago, and was produced by Leonard Chess.


  • Etta James – vocal
  • Doug Brand – engineer
  • Don S. Bronstein – design photography
  • Bob Terry – sleeve notes

Track listing:

  1. Happiness – Vee Pea Smith, Morris Dollison
  2. That’s All I Want from You – M. Rotha
  3. Have a Little Faith in Me – Monk Higgins, Joyce Wrencher
  4. I’m So Glad (I Found Love in You) – Vee Pea Smith, Morris Dollison
  5. You Are My Sunshine – Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell
  6. It Must Be Your Love – Monk Higgins, Chuck Bernard, Morris Dollison, Billy Foster
  7. 842-3089 (Call My Name) – Monk Higgins, Morris Dollison, Billy Foster
  8. Don’t Pick Me for Your Fool – Monk Higgins, Morris Dollison, Billy Foster
  9. I Prefer You – Monk Higgins, Morris Dollison
  10. Nobody Loves Me – Monk Higgins, Joyce Wrencher
  11. It’s All Right – Curtis Mayfield
  12. Nobody Like You – Monk Higgins, Morris Dollison

Allen Toussaint

On November 10, 2015, Allen Toussaint died aged 77. He was musician (vocal, piano), songwriter, arranger, and record producer, an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century. His compositions were recorded by many musicians, and he was producer of hundreds of recordings. Toussaint recorded and performed with many musicians including Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Ernie K Doe, Rosemary Butler, Merry Clayton, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Venetta Fields, Etta James, Labelle, John Mayall, Paul McCartney, The Meters, Bonnie Raitt, and The Band. As leader Toussaint released eleven studio albums.

Rick Rosas

On November 6, 2014, Rick Rosas aka “Rick the Bass Player” died aged 65. He was musician (bass), one of the most south after studio session musicians in California. He performed and recorded with Neil Young, Ron Wood, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Etta James, Buffalo Springfield, Joe Walsh, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

Etta James

On January 20, 2012, Jamesetta Hawkins aka Etta James died aged 73. She was singer with powerful voice, performing blues, R&B, soul,  jazz and gospel music  She won six “Grammy Awards” and 17 “Blues Music Awards”; In 1993, she was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1999 she was inducted in “Grammy Hall of Fame”, and in 2011 in the “Blues Hall of Fame”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Etta James at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.

Rick Hall

On January 2, 2018, Roe Erister “Rick” Hall died aged 85. He was musician (guitar, mandolin) , music producer, songwriter, music publisher, best known as the owner and proprietor of “FAME Studios” in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He had recorded and promoted names like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Duane Allman, Etta James, Osmonds, Paul Anka and Tom Jones. In 1985, Hall was inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall of Fame”, received the “John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award”, and In 2014, he won the “Grammy Trustees Award”.

The Hollies: In the Hollies Style

In November 1964, “Parlaphone” label released “In The Hollies Style”, the second  Hollies album. It was recorded April – June 1964, at “EMI Studios” and “Abbey Road” in London, and was produced by Ron Richards.


  • Allan Clarke– vocals
  • Tony Hicks– vocals, lead guitar
  • Graham Nash – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Eric Haydock– bass
  • Bobby Elliott– drums, percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash, except where noted.

  1. Nitty Gritty/Something’s Got a Hold on Me – Lincoln Chase, Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, Pearl Woods
  2. Don’t You Know
  3. To You My Love
  4. It’s in Her Kiss – Rudy Clark
  5. Time for Love
  6. What Kind of Boy – Big Dee Irwin
  7. Too Much Monkey Business – Chuck Berry
  8. I Thought of You Last Night – Ralph Freed
  9. Please Don’t Feel Too Bad
  10. Come On Home
  11. You’ll Be Mine
  12. Set Me Free