Etta James: Five great YouTube moments

Celebrate the late chanteuse's life by watching her perform legendary hits like "Tell Mama" and "At Last"

Published January 20, 2012 5:18PM (EST)

Etta James.
Etta James.

Legendary jazz and R&B singer Etta James, whose hits included "I'd Rather Go Blind" and (above all) the world-famous ballad "At Last," died of leukemia today at age 73. In celebration of the six-time Grammy winner's career -- and in honor of her remarkable but often difficult life -- we've collected five clips of James performing live:

"Something's Got a Hold On Me" (1962):

"Take It To the Limit" (Tom Snyder show, 1980):

"Tell Mama" (Montreux Jazz Festival, 1989):

"I'd Rather Go Blind" (2001):

"At Last" (Austin City Limits, 2005):

By Emma Mustich

Emma Mustich is a Salon contributor. Follow her on Twitter: @emustich.

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