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Etta James circa 1960 in Chicago.
Etta James circa 1960 in Chicago. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Few singers proved more pliable over the past 50 years than Etta James. Pop, blues, rock 'n' roll, soul, jazz — she sang them all with aplomb. But it was her string of stunning singles during the 1960s that cemented James as one of the great female vocalists of all time.
James died Friday in a Los Angeles hospital after a battle with leukemia. She was 73. In this edition of "Songs We Love," we asked five NPR stations to celebrate her memory by selecting their favorite Miss Peaches jam. Not surprisingly, all of the picks date back to her '60s heyday.