Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. She started her singing career in 1954, quickly gaining fame, but she faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.
James’s powerful, earthy voice earned her six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She died on January 20, 2012, just five days before her 74th birthday.
Etta James, played in the new movie “Cadillac Records” by Beyonce, could belt out the blues in an unforgettable way. One of her best songs is “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” The song was written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters. James recorded this song for her debut album “At Last.”
The song has been recorded by many artists, including Chuck Berry, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Lou Rawls, The Righteous Brothers, The Yardbirds, The Animals, and others.
Here it is by Etta James: