Etta James career highlights in pictures
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Born in Los Angeles, James had her first No. 1 R&B hit at 17 with 1955's "The Wallflower." But some of her greatest success came on Chess Records. In 1961, she released perhaps her most well-known song, "At Last," a version of a Mack Gordon and Harry Warren tune.
Pictured: James with producer Rick Hall and Bow Legs Miller during a recording session at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where she recorded her hit album, "Tell Mama."