[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Etta James[/lastfm]’ funeral will take place on Saturday in Gardena, California in a private ceremony for close friends and family.

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The funeral will be hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton. A pubic viewing is scheduled for Friday evening at the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, CA.

The family has requested that donations be made to The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

James, a Rock n’ Roll hall of Famer and 6-time Grammy Award winner, generated quite the reaction on Twitter once news of her death became official.

She will be remembered for her distinct sound and voice that transcended musical genres and generations.

R.I.P Etta James: January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012

“Most of the songs I sing, they have that blue feeling to it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don’t know what I’m sorry about.”


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