RIP Etta James: A Playlist Tribute c/o

At Last

In The Basement, Part One (Single Version)

My Mother-In-Law

842-3089 (Call My Name)


Do I Make Myself Clear featuring Sugar Pie DeSanto (Single Version)

Back In The U.S.A. (Single Version)

Seven Day Fool

The Wallflower (aka Roll With Me Henry) (Single Version)

A Sunday Kind Of Love

What’d I Say

Almost Persuaded

Two Sides To Every Story

Something’s Got A Hold On Me

Let Me Down Easy

Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield

REST IN POWER | January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012


January 26, 2012

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation

Mourns the Loss of

Etta James

Family of 1989 Pioneer Award Winner & Former Board Member to Continue Her Legacy through R&B Foundation Memorial Contributions


PHILADELPHIA – As legendary blues singer Etta James is laid to rest tomorrow in Los Angeles, the Rhythm & Blues Foundationwishes to express its sorrow at the loss of “our friend and Rhythm & Blues Pioneer” and its deep appreciation to her family, which is asking for all donations to be made out to the organization. All contributions in her memory go to the Doc Pomus Fund to help artists in need of financial or medical assistance.


A recipient of the R&B Foundation’s first Pioneer Awards ceremony in 1989, Etta James also served on the Board of Directors of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation during the formative years. A statement from Damon Williams, Chairman of the R&B Foundation reads:


“Etta’s lifelong contributions to Rhythm & Blues music have paved the way for generations of artists, and we are grateful to her family for furthering her impact by selecting our organization as the recipient of memorial contributions to help our mission to preserve and celebrate the music and its artists. Etta James was a one-of-a-kind artist with a one-of-a-kind voice; she was an absolute Rhythm & Blues Pioneer. Etta was part of the fabric and spirit in which the Rhythm & Blues Foundation was built on. Awarding Etta James the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1989 was one of the finest moments in our mission to celebrate the legacy of Rhythm &Blues artists. Our hearts go out to Etta James’ family and her long time manager, Lupe De Leon.”


The Rhythm & Blues Foundation is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to preserving Rhythm & Blues music and celebrating the artists who create it.


The Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Awards Program has recognized over 150 legendary artists whose lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music. The award honors the career achievements of solo artists, vocal groups, songwriters and producers who are nominated and selected by members of our board of directors.  As part of the Pioneer Awards, most recipients receive an honorarium.  Since 1989, the Pioneer Awards Program has given over $1.5 million to worthy honorees and will continue to celebrate legendary Rhythm & Blues artists.


Contributions to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation can be sent to:

Rhythm & Blues Foundation

P.O. Box 22438

Philadelphia, Pa. 19101