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Clockwise from upper left: Bright Eyes, Ed Sheeran, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Peter Gabriel
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February 10, 2015 In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked for your ideal romantic songs. On this week's All Songs Considered, we count down the 10 most popular tunes that make you swoon.
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Etta James circa 1960 in Chicago.
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January 21, 2012 A string of stunning '60s singles 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.
Etta James onstage at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
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January 20, 2012 Etta James, the legendary vocalist who is perhaps best known for her version of the song "At Last," has died. She was 73. Fresh Air remembers the singer with excerpts from a 1994 interview about her lengthy career.
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Etta James rehearses a song before recording at Fame Studios circa 1967 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
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January 20, 2012 The "Matriarch of the Blues" had grit in her voice that could melt like sugar or rub like salt in a wound. The great vocalist, whose turbulent life broke through in her affecting delivery, has died at age 73.
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January 28, 2009 The legendary singer passed away at (location) this past (day). She leaves behind a legacy of impassioned balladry despite a troubled life.
February 8, 2006 Gen-Xers love "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, while their parents prefer "At Last" as sung by Etta James. Those are two of the most popular tunes NPR listeners selected in a recent NPR.org online poll on Valentine's Day music. Hear the songs and read the stories behind them.
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