Queen of Jazz: Etta James


I have fond memories of the rhythm and blues vocals of the Queen of Jazz.  I will miss the sounds of Etta James, also known as "Miss Peaches." Perhaps she warmed your heart also. I am interested in your thoughts. Here's a little bit about Etta James from Wikipedia:

"Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer whose style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her career in the mid 1950s, she gained fame with hits such as "Dance With Me, Henry", "At Last", "Tell Mama", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album The Seven Year Itch.
James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists."




Music Chords to At Last

(A7)  D   Bm  Em7     A9      Em7   D        Bm7  Em7
At last          my love has come along,

  A7+5    A7        D       Bm7      Em7
My lonely days are over

    Gdim    A7      D     Bm    Gdim    A9
And life is like a song.



A7  D   Bm  Em7       A9    Em7       D     Bm7     Em7
At last          the skies above are blue;

   A7+5      A7         D        Bm7      Em7
My heart was wrapped in clover

    Gdim    A7        D       Gm     Gdim       D
The night I looked at you.


Bridge:

  A7    D7 G+7      Gdim   Dm7              D6
I found a dream that I can speak to,

    C+      Bm6    Fdim    F#m
A dream that I can call my own,

  Bm6      Dm6       E7       Am7     A6
I found a thrill to press my cheek to,

D  Bm7       Cdim     A       Em7     (A7)
A thrill I've never known.



(A7)  D     Bm  Em7     A9        Em7       D    Bm7  Em7
You smiled          and then the spell was cast,

    A7+5    A7     D          Bm7      Em7
And here we are in heaven,



First Time:

            Gdim A7  D      Bm     Em    Gdim    (A7)
For you are mine at last.


Last Time:

            Gdim A7 D6     Gm    Gdim     D6
For you are mine at last.

 I like to play this song in the Key of G.  Here is the chord chart. You can print the sheet 
music at chords and midi 


(D7)  G   Em7  Am7     Eb7      D7   G       Em7  Am7
At last          my love has come along,

  D9/F#            G      Em7 Am7
My lonely days are over

    Eb7    D7      G    E7 Eb7 Eb7/Bb  D7 D7/A
And life is like a song.



  G  Em7  Am7    Eb7       D7     G    Em7 Am7
At last          the skies above are blue;

   D9/F#      G         Em       Am7      
My heart was wrapped in clover

    D9/F#    G7        C7   G7     Fdim7    Am7
The night I looked at you.


Bridge:
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/e/etta_james/at_last_crd.html ]
          D       Gmaj7          G6
I found a dream that I can speak to,

          F#7 G7 F#7 Bm7
A dream that I can call my own,

 D/A      Em7       A7       D     F#dim7
I found a thrill to press my cheek to,

Em7       A7     Am7     (D7/F#)
A thrill I've never known.



 G    Em     Am7       Eb7 D7    G  Em7     Am7
You smiled          and then the spell was cast,

    D9/F#    G     D     Em  Eb7    
And here we are in heaven,



First Time:

  Eb7/Bb     D7  D7/A    G  Em7  (Am7)
For you are mine at last.


Last Time:

            Eb7 D7 G  Em Am7 Eb7 D7 G9
For you are mine at last.
 
 
Maybe I will post a video and write down the chords I'm playing. It has a very cool rhythm with 12 beats to the measure and an eighth note getting one count.

When you search for free midis online, be sure and invest in this cool music software that will help you play songs: Song Robot Software

Al the best,






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