Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Uncovering the Truth": In Your Face, Etta James

Several days ago, you may have heard Etta James bluntly describing how much she "can't stand Beyonce!" She even mentioned how mad she was that President Obama chose Beyonce to sing "her song," "At Last." Well, she might have made the song "At Last" a huge hit and her version of the song is the most remembered (and I do love her songs), still it is not her song and she had no right to act like "an old, worn-out hag." Etta acts as if no one can do a cover of a song that she did as a cover herself!!!! She needs to go check herself, eat some humble pie and maybe go back to rehab because she might have been a little tipsy that night!

Anyways, the original song "At Last" was written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical Orchestra Wives, which starred George Montgomery and Ann Rutherford. For the film, it was recorded by Glenn Miller and his orchestra and sung by Ray Erberle and Pat Friday. It reached number 14 on the charts in 1942 and became a standard. Many other singers, such as Nat King Cole, did covers of the song.

Here is a video of the original song:

1 comment:

Veronique Fitzgerald said...

Well, you schooled me right there, girlie! Wow! You know, I haven't had a chance to watch Cadillac Records, but I was by my friend's house and she had it on, so I caught some of the Beyonce-as-Etta fireworks!

Good stuff, teacher!