The winner of six Grammys, and ranked No. 22 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 greatest singers of all time, Etta James had a voice like a cool breeze on a summer day. Her single "At Last" is one of pop's most recognizable and moving classics.
But her accomplishments went beyond that song.
James is widely credited with helping to bridge the gap between R&B and rock 'n' roll. She recorded for Chess Records and was portrayed by Beyonce Knowles in the film Cadillac Records. Hers was a voice that moved and soothed a generation.
James died of complications from leukemia on Jan. 20. She was 73.
Is as BW's tradition with notable deaths, we reached out to our readers and and staff and asked them to submit haikus commemorating James. Their submissions are below.
Any additional haikus may be submitted in the comment box.
When I hear those strings
And that golden, sultry voice
I think of my wife
Etta sang the blues
Home at last and free from pain:
Angel voice is stilled.
Her brown sugar love,
I Want a Sunday Kind of
Etta, sweet siren.
Love has come along
Her lonely days are over
Life was like a song
Her voice was legend
It sang from her heart, her soul
Her song will live on