Remembering Etta James: Songs on YouTube By KPLU News Staff • Jan 20, 2012 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email Singer Etta James performs at the Vine St. Bar & Grill in Hollywood on April 6, 1987. Alison Wise AP Photo The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend Etta James died at Riverside Community Hospital in California from complications of leukemia. She was 73. In tribute, here are five songs from James. Tags: Etta JamesJazzMusic Related Content Etta James, 'Matriarch of the Blues,' has died 3 years ago Etta James: The 1994 Fresh Air Interview 3 years ago Singer Etta James Has Died 3 years ago View the discussion thread.