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R&B and Gospel Singer Etta James

James was a teenager when she was discovered by bandleader/talent scout Johnny Otis, who helped her record her first single, "Dance with Me Henry." Her career took off in the sixties, until she battled a drug addiction at the end of that decade. Although James mostly sang R&B, she has just released "Mystery Lady," featuring songs by her favorite jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

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Other segments from the episode on August 24, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 24, 1994: Interview with Etta James; Interview with Martha Reeves.

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