Git Right – R.I.P. Etta

Well, probably won’t suprise too many of you friends that sister Etta started out singin’ in church from just 4 or 5 years old. As mentioned yesterday she went an auditioned for Johnny Otis with a couple friends. He was so taken with her voice he took her to L.A. to record the next day. Etta lied and told him she was 18 (she was 15) and when Otis insisted on her mama’s consent she went home and forged it as her mama was in the big house anyways. How rock ‘n’ roll is that? Tough life that she had she didn’t exactly turn out a regular church goer by any means but she did record some gospel tunes and in her memory we got a couple for you here today. As y’all might expect, they pretty fiery. Proper too, choir, keyboards, all that. A little shiny on the production if you wanna gripe but seriously, it’s great stuff. She does a bunch of real familiar standards but these are among the less well known songs and they just as good.

To My Father’s House

We’ll Fly You To The Promised Land

~ by Mumblin' Earl on January 22, 2012.

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