Etta james fool that i am - dream


Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California , to Dorothy Hawkins, who was 14 at the time. Her father has never been identified. [6] James speculated that she was the daughter of pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone , whom she met briefly in 1987. [7] Her mother was frequently absent from their apartment in Watts , conducting relationships with various men, and Jamesetta lived with a series of foster parents, most notably "Sarge" and "Mama" Lu. James referred to her mother as "the Mystery Lady". [6]

Etta James, who recorded a famous version of "Fool That I Am," was a singer hard to pin down; a gospel-raised blues singer at heart, she had great success with her crossover versions of jazz and pop standards. "Fool That I Am" is a song with a similar identity crisis: an R&B tune that strikes that perfect balance somewhere between raw blues and the more sophisticated stylings of vocal jazz and smooth pop. Miracle Records was recording this more "uptown" version of the blues in Chicago -- a form made famous by people like James and Charles Brown. The first version was sung by Gladys Palmer in 1946 with the Floyd Hunt Quartet, featuring the song's author, Floyd, on vibes. Hunt worked with other artists at Miracle Records, including Memphis Slim, who has recorded some other Floyd compositions like "Messing Around." Etta James, like Frank Sinatra, has a way of inhabiting a song and making it her own. "Fool That I Am" is one of those songs that just does not sound the same after someone else has performed it, though many other heavyweights have -- including fellow R&B pioneer Laverne Baker and extraordinary jazz singerDinah Washington. James' version begins with a swooping lush string arrangement by Riley Hampton and she enters singing behind the already slow beat. The song wants to be a jazz ballad, but the chords and melody are just a little too bluesy. Even Washington's version, with wavering horns, is a little too raw. The lyrics are heartbreaking: "Fool that I am for falling in love with you/and fool that I am for thinking you'd love me too" and "my dreams just disappeared like the smoke from a cigarette." Of course, James inserts her trademark pauses and "ah"s and "oh"s for dramatic effect. But with a line like "fool that I am for thinking you'd understand," how much more drama needs to be added?


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