Addiction, rehab, the painful lessons of a great singer.

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One of the most requested songs at weddings, this Etta James classic started as a 1940’s orchestral hit.

In April 1962 this song became the second big hit for rhythm and blues singer Etta James. It only reached as high as number 47 on the pop charts but has become a standard, sealing a place for this powerhouse singer in music history.

What you might not know is that this song was a #2 chart hit for Glen Miller ’s Orchestra in 1942, more than a decade before Ms James version became the one to watch.

It has been covered many including Beyonce and Celine Dion and thousands of local bands have performed this classic at wedding receptions and other venues.

A humble, respectful tip of the hat to Etta James for her soulful rendition of At Last.

Etta James last TV performance was in April 2009 on Dancing With The Stars. She was 71. She left this Earth in 2012 at age 73. She had been in and out of drug treatment for decades and was once mercifully sentenced to treatment rather than prison.

Here is her last TV performance.

 

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