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RIP, Etta: Five Amazing Etta James Samples In Modern Pop Music

By 01.20.12

Etta began singing in a Baptist church as a child in Los Angeles and grew to prominence in the 1950s and '60s, especially with the recording of “At Last” for Chicago's Chess Records. In the ’70s and ’80s she frequently opened for the Rolling Stones. On the heels of the movie “Cadillac Records” staring Beyoncé Knowles as Ms. James, her earlier work has had a resurgence in popularity to younger audiences, with her opening vocals for “Something's Got a Hold on Me” being sampled in Pretty Lights “Finally Moving,” Avicii “Levels,” Flo Rida “Good Feelin REMIX.” Jump over to the Chicago Sun-Times to read her obituary. As a tribute to one of the greats, here's five Etta James samples that have been used over the past few years. RIP. 

Etta James — “Something's Got a Hold on Me”

Sampled by: Pretty Lights “Finally Moving,” Avicii “Levels,” Flo Rida “Good Feelin REMIX”

Etta James – “Security”

Sampled by: Royce Da 5’9″ – “Security”

Etta James – “My Funny Valentine”

Sampled by: Kanye West — “Addiction”

Etta James — Your Gonna Make Me Cry

Sampled by: Cam'ron — “Leave You Alone”

Etta James – God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)

Sampled By:  Young Jeezy – Thats Who I Am (Instrumental)

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Brandon Wenerd
About Brandon Wenerd... Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips:
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