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December 21, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
The longtime husband of terminally ill blues legend Etta James will remain as conservator of her $1-million estate, a Riverside County judge has ruled. In court documents, the singer's son Donto James had requested appointment as temporary conservator, expressing concerns about his mother's medical treatment and the costs of her in-home medical care. Donto James, of Moreno Valley, said he and his brother, Sametto James of Riverside, have reached an agreement with Artis Mills, who married the singer in 1969, that allows him to continue making financial and health decisions for his ailing, 73-year-old wife.
December 16, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
News came today that singer Etta James is terminally ill with chronic leukemia; the Riverside Press-Enterprise also reports that the 73-year-old is suffering from kidney failure and dementia. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, where blood cells are produced. When abnormal cells are created they disrupt the function of healthy cells. The disease can be acute or chronic; in acute leukemia, common in children, immature or early blood cells multiply quickly, and immediate treatment is usually necessary.
January 15, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
The heartache and redemption that infused the life and soulful voice of Etta James, steeling her to survive the hardest of times, seem to keep playing on for the blues and R&B great. FOR THE RECORD: Etta James: A headline in the Jan. 15 LATExtra section about a court dispute involving the family of ailing singer Etta James stated incorrectly that she is 70 years old. James is 72 years old. As James lies seriously ill in her suburban Riverside home, her husband and sons are locked in a court dispute over control of the singer's $1 million in savings.
August 29, 2010 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For some, the best part of the 2010 Primetime Emmys today is the post-show party scene, where Cyndi Lauper, 57, will likely be the evening's biggest draw as the headliner for the "Entertainment Tonight" bash. The New York-based singer, who's married to actor David Thornton and mother of Declyn, 12, is currently on the West Coast leg of a tour for her new album, "Memphis Blues," which will take her to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Monday night. Congratulations on how well "Memphis Blues" is doing.
July 8, 2010 | By Richard Cromelin, Special to The Times
Harvey Fuqua, a musical multi-tasker whose career with the prominent 1950s vocal group the Moonglows was a prelude to his association with Marvin Gaye, the Spinners and other R&B stars in the 1960s and '70s, died of a heart attack Tuesday in a Detroit hospital, a family spokeswoman said. He was 80. A singer, songwriter, producer and label executive, Fuqua also collaborated with Etta James, New Birth, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Tammi Terrell, Junior Walker and the All Stars and Stevie Wonder, and, in the disco era, Sylvester and the Weather Girls.
February 12, 2010
Berlin film fest opens The Berlin film festival opened Thursday with a premiere from Chinese director Wang Quan'an that follows the bittersweet reunion of a couple divided for decades across the Taiwan Strait. "Apart Together" marked Wang's return to Berlin after winning the festival's top Golden Bear award with "Tuya's Marriage" in 2007. It is the first of 20 movies competing for honors at the event's 60th edition -- the first of the year's major European film festivals.
August 21, 2009 | Don Waller
Chris Clark was a 17-year-old, 6-foot platinum blond when she arrived at Motown's Detroit headquarters in 1963 -- demo in hand -- to audition for Berry Gordy. "Berry kept me waiting in his office for three hours, covertly sizing me up, before he listened to the demo," recalls Clark. "Then he wanted to hear me sing something live, so I sat down at the piano and did Etta James' 'All I Could Do Was Cry.' I didn't know Berry had co-written that song!" Impressed and somewhat amused, Gordy was nevertheless hesitant to sign a teenage white girl to the label that already was home to such hit-makers as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the Marvelettes.
June 21, 2009 | Karen Wada
Adele can't contain herself. Nothing new there. The hot young British soul singer is, by her own account, "pretty mouthy." But learning that she will share the bill with her idol, Etta James, at the Hollywood Bowl next Sunday has sent her over the moon. "It blew my mind," she gushes on the phone from London. "She's the reason I started. The first time I heard her voice, it sucked me in. Made me believe, and made me cry."
July 27, 2007 | Associated Press
Etta James was in stable condition Thursday after being hospitalized for complications from abdominal surgery she had last month, her manager said. The 69-year-old blues singer was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Her condition is stabilized," but she had to cancel tour dates with B.B. King and Al Green, her manager, Lupe De Leon, said in an e-mail.
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