Etta James was known for her spectacular voice that had the power to move one to tears, and despite her brilliant career, her latter years were marred with legal battles between her husband and sons. While she had an impressive career, Etta James' life was marred with lots of troubles from childhood till death, and in the later years of her life, her husband and sons were engaged in a legal battle over managing her million-dollar estate. Here is a look into her latter years and life. Etta James, U. Photo: Getty Images. Etta James enjoyed a wonderful career, and her beautiful voice established her as one of the greatest singers of all time. However, in her later years, she battled with several illnesses such as dementia, kidney infection, and a blood infection that left her inactive.
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James is 72 years old. All parties said their only concern is to ensure James receives proper medical care. James has dementia and is undergoing treatment for leukemia, requiring around-the-clock care for a fiery, headstrong performer who, friends say, appeared capable of surviving anything. Doing so would grant him access to the money and allow him to pay for her medical care, he said. The singer granted him power of attorney in , to be used if she became incapacitated. Sindicich of Los Angeles, questioned why the singer would have kept her personal and business bank accounts solely in her name all of these years. Both of her sons performed in her band during the tour, with Sametto playing bass guitar and Donto on drums. Cahraman postponed the case on Friday until Feb. The simple, ranch-style home is perched on a rugged canyon slope with views of snow-capped mountains. The frontyard is shaded by palms and towering succulents, and the back decked out with a pool and duck pond.
James's powerful, deep, earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Although her father has never been identified,  James speculated that she was the daughter of pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone , whom she met briefly in James referred to her mother as "the Mystery Lady". James received her first professional vocal training at the age of five from James Earle Hines, musical director of the Echoes of Eden choir at the St. Under his tutelage, she suffered physical abuse during her formative years, with her instructor often punching her in the chest while she sang to force her voice to come from her gut. As a consequence, she developed an unusually strong voice for a child her age. Sarge, like the musical director for the choir , was also abusive. During drunken poker games at home, he would awaken James in the early morning hours and force her with beatings to sing for his friends.
An American entertainer, Etta James first found success as a rhythm-and-blues singer in the s. Over the years her voice grew rougher and deeper, and she became one of the first women to sing in the style that became soul. She was raised by foster parents until her mother who was 14 years old when James was born took her year-old daughter to San Francisco, California. There James formed a girl doo-wop trio called the Creolettes, who were renamed the Peaches after bandleader Johnny Otis discovered them when James was