January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2012 (Age 73)
The soul, R&B, rock and gospel icon turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard.
Etta James' passing has reminded music fans of the wealth of R&B and blues classics the singer released, with none more timeless than her version of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren's "At Last." Since James originally married her soaring vocals to the wistful track in 1960, the song became her signature tune and inspired countless imitations from her contemporaries.
Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Jason Mraz and others recently offered their takes on "At Last," while Beyonce famously performed the song in January 2009 at President Obama's Inaugural Ball. Check out video clips of seven modern performances of "At Last," including the incomparable James performing the song in 2007.