ETTA JAMES R.I.P. 1938-2012

January 21, 2012 – 6:03 am

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Providence 1986 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Marriott Hotel, Providence, RI; July 10, 1986. Very good to excellent soundboard.

US soul singer Etta James, best known for the tracks At Last and I’d Rather Go Blind, died on January 20, 2012, aged 73. It was announced in 2011 that the singer had been diagnosed with leukaemia and was undergoing treatment. James began singing in a group aged 14, before she embarked upon a solo career where she signed to the legendary Chess Records label. The BCC reported that legendary producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers”.

This is an after-hours jam session with Bob Dylan and Etta James and her band. The Bob Dylan Examiner reported that “In the early hours of the 10th, Bob Dylan joined Etta James and Shuggie Otis on stage at the Providence Marriott Hotel. You can almost hear Dylan smile as he kept repeating the same suggestive verse of “I’m A King Bee” (The one about “making honey”).”

Thanks to the person who shared this on Dime in 2005; and to everyone who kept the show alive.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. You Win Again (10.3MB)
Track 02. I’m A King Bee (false start) (1.5MB)
Track 03. I’m A King Bee (9.9MB)
Track 04. Let The Good Times Roll (7.1MB)
Track 05. Earth Angel (14.1MB)
Track 06. Goodnight Sweetheart (6.2MB)

Bob Dylan - vocal and guitar
Etta James - shared vocal
Jack McDuff - organ
Shuggie Otis - guitar
Richard Reid - bass
Paul Humphrey - drums

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  1. 11 Responses to “ETTA JAMES R.I.P. 1938-2012”

  2. Wow–I wasn’t aware this even existed!
    Thanks for the unexpected gem!

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 21, 2012

  3. Shuggie Otis kicks…

    By Sking on Jan 21, 2012

  4. Mind blowin’ stuff man, thanks heaps, you have a good friend Downunder.

    By BigRabbie on Jan 21, 2012

  5. unexpected it is – thank you for this! Have to play it to my friend Markus. He will enjoy it!

    By tony lauber on Jan 21, 2012

  6. Much respect Bigo, A nice way to remember her passing.

    By Creatist on Jan 21, 2012

  7. Wow! Thanks for this. Never knew Shuggie played on this!

    By Sam on Jan 23, 2012

  8. I knew this after-hours jam happened, because I was there…but I never knew it had been recorded.

    By O.B. Dan on Jan 24, 2012

  9. Amazing!!!, Shuggie Otis, the genious. Thank you so much for this, is it true that Shuggie is going to release his album this year?!!
    And to the person who heard and saw this session: You are blessed my friend, you must have a ball listening to this and remembering what really went on! Wow.
    I hope nobody is gonna take this down as so many need access to this. Thank you again and Mr. Otis, please do us all a favour and keep teaching us how it is really done but thank you for your excellence already.

    By Truce on Feb 1, 2012

  10. Thank You For All, Etta

    By ruudcash on Feb 4, 2012

  11. 1 listen is enough to tell that Shuggie Otis, Jack McDuff, et al are not playing on this jam!

    By Steve on Feb 10, 2012

  12. I never knew about this either… Wow!

    Another good, fun recording to post (should you come across it) is Etta joining the Grateful Dead for a set on 12/31/82.

    By Shaun on Mar 4, 2012

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