Misty Blue - Etta James

from the album The Dreamer (2011)

I was in her hometown of Los Angeles on the day Etta James died this past January.  Everywhere you went her signature classic "At Last" rang out like a church bell.  But for me, the song that I wanted to hear was "I'd Rather Go Blind" because at her core Etta James was a blues singer.  Two months before her death, she released her final studio album.  "Misty Blue" is the high point of that record.  This Bob Montgomery song has been recorded by people from Johnny Paycheck to Mary J. Blige, but I prefer Etta's version because it takes me back to that magical time when she sang the blues at Chess Records.  God bless Etta James.

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