Adele Pays Tribute to Legend Etta James

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Updated January 24, 2012

In a message on her blog, Adele the English singer-songwriter has become the latest star to pay tribute to soul legend Etta James, who passed away on Friday.

Etta and Adele singing

The late Etta James the 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 died just five days before her 74th birthday, after suffering complications from leukaemia.

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.

Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons have honoured the star in the wake of her passing, and now British soul sensation Adele has paid her respects too.

She revealed in her message that she was lucky enough to catch James in concert before she fell ill and that she was the ultimate original.

“Her voice was breathtaking and her songs are reflections we all recognise in some way or another. It’s an honour every time I hear her voice.

“I saw her at BB Kings in New York a few years ago, and it was something I will remember forever. Thank you to Etta James. And I send all my love to her family and friends.”