Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hoochie Coochie Gal

The inimitable Etta James jamming with Keith Richards, Robert Cray, and smoking piano player Johnnie Johnson while Chuck Berry looks on. If you want to know where Janis got her chops, look no further than this woman. (I think she must have sat at her knees coming up.)

Update: Oops. Turns out I let my enthusiasm mix with my ignorance and came to the wrong conclusion about Janis. Someone who knows way more about both of them than I (hint: we're married) informs me that, while Janis was influenced by Etta, both she and Etta were primarily influenced by Big Momma Thorton. I stand corrected.

h/t: The G Spot. Go there for more Etta vids.

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