20 January 2012
Last updated at 18:17
Soul singer Etta James, the bottle blonde with the big voice, has died at the age of 73, due to complications from leukaemia. The singer once said: "I'm not a braggart, but when I was a little girl people used to come from all over Hollywood to hear me sing."
Probably best known for her 1961 ballad At Last, she went on to win six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. This picture shows her with boxer Muhammad Ali, who is trying to impress her with his piano skills.
James was proclaimed "the greatest of all modern blues singers" by legendary producer Jerry Wexler - who also worked with Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. But like her idol, singer Billie Holliday, James's career was blighted by drug addiction. She quit heroin in 1974 but continued to struggle with her weight and suffered health problems in later years.
By the early 2000s, James had a major career resurgence with 2001's acclaimed blues album Matriarch of the Blues. It was followed by a Grammy lifetime achievement prize in 2003 and two further Grammys in 2004 and 2005 for the albums Let's Roll and Blues to the Bone.
She was played by Beyonce in the 2008 film Cadillac Records. The younger singer went on to perform At Last at the inauguration of US President Barack Obama in 2009. James was reportedly furious and said: "She has no business up there... singing my song that I've been singing forever."
James later said she had been joking but admitted that she was hurt not to have been asked to sing for the president.
James received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2003, and gave her last live performance on US TV show Dancing With the Stars in 2009. Although her voice had clearly lost the power of her younger days, she received a standing ovation as she accompanied professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff.