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A Versatile and Direct Voice: Etta James
James's powerful, deep, earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Although her father has never been identified,  James speculated that she was the daughter of pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone , whom she met briefly in James referred to her mother as "the Mystery Lady". James received her first professional vocal training at the age of five from James Earle Hines, musical director of the Echoes of Eden choir at the St. Under his tutelage, she suffered physical abuse during her formative years, with her instructor often punching her in the chest while she sang to force her voice to come from her gut. As a consequence, she developed an unusually strong voice for a child her age.
James was reared by foster parents until her mother who was 14 when James was born took her year-old daughter to San Francisco. There James formed a girl doo-wop trio called the Creolettes, who were renamed the Peaches after bandleader Johnny Otis discovered them when James was She continued to perform into the early 21st century. Her autobiography, Rage to Survive cowritten with David Ritz , was published in Etta James. Article Media.
Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California on January 25, ; her mother was just 14 years old at the time, and she never knew her father, though she would later say she had reason to believe he was the well-known pool hustler Minnesota Fats. James was raised by friends and relatives instead of her mother through most of her childhood, and it was while she was living with her grandparents that she began regularly attending a Baptist church. James ' voice made her a natural for the choir, and despite her young age she became a soloist with the group, and appeared with them on local radio broadcasts. At the age of 12, after the death of her foster mother, James found herself living with her mother in San Francisco, and with little adult supervision, she began to slide into juvenile delinquency.