WATCH: British Cover Versions of Etta James Classics

Etta James in 1987. (AP Photo/Alison Wise)

American blues/soul singer Etta James passed away today at age 73, and the sad news has inspired countless tributes and remembrances all over Twitter and the web. James, whose voice conveyed both the salty and sweet sides of the blues, was tremendously influential, not just on the Beyoncés and Christina Aguileras of the world, but on several generations of British musicians. Here’s just a sampling of how her work has been interpreted across the pond:

The Rolling Stones – “I Just Want to Make Love To You”

Rod Stewart – “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Chicken Shack – “I’d Rather Go Blind

Paolo Nutini – “I’d Rather Go Blind

Paloma Faith – “At Last”

Savoy Brown Blues Band – “Tell Mama”

The Goons – “Dance with Me Henry” (with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe)

Any versions we’ve missed? Let us know below.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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