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Etta James with the Grateful Dead and the Tower of Power Horns: Live Performance (1982)

Two days ago I was sitting in the hotel lobby before heading out to the NAMM show and saw a news alert that singer Etta James had passed away. She would have been 74 on Wednesday.

Facebook friend Crystal Gloistein shared this video from New Years Eve 1982 featuring one incredible line up: Etta James on vocals, the Grateful Dead and the Tower of Power horn section. Here, they perform Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle”. Phil Lesh is of course on bass.

RIP, Etta.