Wednesday 21 August 2019

'At Last' - Londoners version of the Etta James classic goes viral

Sarah-Jane Murphy

If you're a fan of soulful, haunting voices you'll enjoy this.

London-based singer Mike Wyatt recorded the much loved Etta James song 'At Last' and it's proved a big hit with nearly 5,000 views in a few days.

Wyatt says on his blog that his music is a mixture between older blues and modern rock/pop.

The song gained a new generation of fans when it was sung by Beyoncé at US President Obama's inauguration ball for his first term as President in January 2009.

However Etta James was not best pleased with the performance, famously slating Beyoncé and threatening to "whup her ass" for singing the song.

The song was originally written in 1941, by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren.

'At Last' first entered the charts as a live performance accompanied by the Glenn Miller orchestra.

Only decades later did it become Etta James signature song and her best known tune.

James is regarded as having narrowed the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and was the winner of six Grammys.

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