One of the great artists of our day has passed on. Over a career spanning half a century, she became unquestionably the greatest female blues singer - and possibly the greatest blues singer, period. With six Grammys and a fistful of other awards, it's impossible to pick a favorite, and so I'll leave you with this gem from her last album, released only two months ago.
... show some appreciation for me, Baby.
We'll miss you, Etta. And envy the Lord's choir, which has now kicked things up a notch.
Etta James, 1938 - 2012. Rest in peace.