Etta James Quotes


When Malcolm X was assassinated I was working at the Apollo. They brought his body to the Unity Funeral Home which was around the corner.

Once you lose the weight you're really anxious to eat healthy.

All the things I used to like - cookies ice cream gumbo - I don't like anymore.

Even as a little child I've always had that comedian kind of attitude.

I want a Sunday kind of love A love to last past Saturday night And I'd like to know it's more than love at first sight

What happens is when I perform I'm somewhere else. I go back in time and get in touch with who I really am. I forget my troubles my worries.

At last my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song.

I wanna show that gospel country blues rhythm and blues jazz rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.

I am so happy that I am alive and can walk.

Bobby Womack is always very real both with his music and as a person.

The music was thunder and joy. Lightning bolts of happiness and praise foot-stomping dance-shouting good-feeling singing from the soul.

And as I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve.

Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about. I don't.

To me country music is like the blues but it's something very hip and - I don't want to say commercial - but it's very worldly and good listening.

When I'm singing the blues I'm singing life.

People that can't stand to listen to the blues they've got to be phonies.

The only time that I am really truly happyâ??when I feel at my bestâ??is when I'm on the stage.

I'm not a bourgeois person never will be.

See I don't like places where people can't dance - don't like clubs or theatres where a bunch of bourgeois people sit around tip tip tipping their fingers.

I'm not a braggart but when I was a little girl people used to come from all over Hollywood to hear me sing.

My mother used to play nothing but Billie Holiday.

It's not about battling the original artists when I record these songs it's about paying tribute to them.

I was a sloppy kid wanted to be just wild.

Country music has the great stories.

It feels so good to be happy.

You can't fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but in the need that's got nothing to do with it. It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.

When I sing for myself I probably sing for anyone who has any kind of hurt any kind of bad feelings good feelings ups and downs highs and lows that kind of thing.

Long as I was riding in a big Cadillac and dressed nice and had plenty of food that's all I cared about.

A few years ago I thought I'll never make it. I started to go to the doctor to help me lose weight.

Most of the songs I sing they have that blue feeling to it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about.

I like to shop but I don't like to go out to dances.

The two things you can't fake are good food and good music

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble!

I don't care who's playing. Even if it's my favorite artist I'm probably not gonna go and see him.

My mother always wanted me to be glamorous. When I thought about that it really fired me up and once I lost all those pounds I started to feel really good about myself.

Now I can stand up on the stage again like I used to after five years of sitting down while I sang.

I figured I could do 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World ' because I believe it's the truth.

I talked to the record company about what I had in mind. They said they wanted something lush. I figured the best thing to do was let them hear what I had in mind.

It's the same thing now. When I go onstage the young people scream and holler as much as the older generation.

I've gone through so much in my life. I should have been dead a long time ago but I am still here and I'm the happiest I've ever been.

When I look out at the people and they look at me and they're smiling then I know that I'm loved. That is the time when I have no worries no problems.

I sing the songs that people need to hear.

My mother always wanted me to be a jazz singer but I always wanted to be raunchy

In some ways it's my rage that keeps me going

I've learned to live with rage. In some ways it's my rage that keeps me going. Without it I would have been whipped long ago. With it I got a lot more songs to sing.

I really turned into you know the real street kid. I was kind of like a runaway but I had a mother you know what I mean and I had a place to stay.

I was originally like a punker know what I mean like the punks are today I'd spit in a minute.

This is an album of songs that I've always loved tunes that I heard. For the first time in 53 years of recording I really had control over an entire album start to finish.

I'm not starry eyed and I'm not money crazy.

My mother always told me even if a song has been done a thousand times you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I did that.