Etta James Sings of “Avenue D” [Video]

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 at 10:14 am by

In the twilight of her life, Etta James had been suffering from leukemia, dementia, and kidney problems. Her doctors announced last month that the cancer was terminal, and the so-called “matriarch of R&B” finally succumbed to the illness this past Friday. She was 73.

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Although Etta James enjoyed a musical career that spanned decades, she publicly battled drug addiction until near the end. Mainly heroin, but also painkillers. She remains best known for her smash hit rendition of “At Last.”

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She would make a musical resurgence of sorts in the late 1980s, including a song called “Avenue D” for the film Rooftops.  It’s a terrible single from an even tackier movie, but fun to see the old city streetscapes, circa 1989. Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) also plays on the track.

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Opening lyric: “everywhere you look on Avenue D is a crack pad.”




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