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Aretha Franklin covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

Aretha Franklin covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Aretha Franklin honored fellow singer Adele by covering her hit song "Rolling in the Deep" on her latest album "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics."
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Record producer Phil Ramone dies at 79

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- Phil Ramone, a producer-engineer who won 14 Grammys for his work with a who's who of recording artists, died Saturday in New York, his son said. He was 79.

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Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson to perform at Obama's second inauguration

Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson to perform at Obama's second inauguration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Beyonce will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Kelly Clarkson "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration, organizers said.
Dozens of celebrities take their final bows in 2012

Dozens of celebrities take their final bows in 2012

The entertainment world mourned the loss of numerous titans and dozens of supporting players this year.
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Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

U.S. politics, the London Olympics, economic developments in the United States and Europe and the unrest in the Arab world topped the news in 2012.
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Adele cleans up at Grammy Awards

Adele cleans up at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- British soul singer Adele won six Grammy Awards, including the top prize of Album of the Year, in Los Angeles Sunday night.
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Chris Brown to return to the Grammys

Chris Brown to return to the Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Chris Brown is to perform at the 54th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said Tuesday.
Viewing for Etta James draws many fans

Viewing for Etta James draws many fans

INGLEWOOD, Calif., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Mourners called the late singer Etta James a wonderful person and a wonderful talent at her public viewing in the Los Angeles area.
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Etta James funeral plans set

Etta James funeral plans set

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton is to officiate and deliver the eulogy at recording star Etta James' private funeral service in Los Angeles, her representative said.
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Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins, January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, R&B, rock & roll, gospel and jazz singer and songwriter. James is the winner of four Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as a blues and R&B singer. She is best known for performing "At Last", which has been featured in movies, television shows, commercials, and web-streaming services. James has a contralto vocal range.

Jamesetta Hawkins was born in Los Angeles, California, to an unmarried 14-year-old African American girl, Dorothy Hawkins. She claimed that her mother told her that her father was a white pool player, Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone. She 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. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles. James' family moved to San Francisco in 1950, where she soon teamed up with two other girls to form a doo-wop singing group.

When the girls were 14, bandleader Johnny Otis had them audition; they sang an answer to Hank Ballard's "Work With Me, Annie", called "Roll With Me Henry." Otis particularly liked the song and, without her mother's permission, James and the duo went to Los Angeles in 1954 to record it. The song was recorded under the Modern Records label. By this time, the trio had renamed the song "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)". It was released in 1955. James named her vocal group "The Peaches." Richard Berry, a Los Angeles doo-wop luminary, is featured on some of the group's records.

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