“A lot of people think the blues is depressing, but that’s not the blues I’m singing. When I’m singing blues, I’m singing life. People that can’t stand to listen to the blues, they’ve got to be phonies.” — Etta James, Los Angeles Times(1992).
“…[O]ne of the great voices in American popular music, with a huge range, a multiplicity of tones and vast reserves of volume.” — John Pareles, New York Times (1990)
NYTimes obituary here.