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Etta James discography

Etta James discography

Etta James in 1990.
Studio albums 30
Live albums 3
Compilation albums 6
Singles 58
Tribute and cover albums 1
No. 1 Singles (Overall) 1
Other appearances 28

The discography for American Blues artist Etta James consists of 28 studio albums, 3 live albums, and 6 compilations. She has also issued a total of 58 singles, one of which titled, "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)," reached #1 on the Rhythm and Blues Records chart in 1955.

After moving to San Francisco, California in the early 1950s, James formed a singing trio, which attracted the attention of Johnny Otis, who helped her sign a recording contract with Modern Records in 1954. She recorded an answer song to Hank Ballard's "Work with Me, Annie," called "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" (with her vocal group "The Peaches" singing background vocals), which topped the R&B charts for four weeks in 1955. The Peaches eventually left the label and James recorded as a solo act, having a second Top 10 hit in 1955 with "Good Rockin' Daddy." She continually recorded for the label until the end of the decade, but without much success.[1]

After beginning to date The Moonglows vocalist, Harvey Fuqua, James signed with Chess Records' subsidiary, Argo.[2] Producer Leonard Chess believed James had crossover Pop potential and backed her material with orchestral arrangements. With this new style, many of James's songs became hits on both the R&B and Pop charts, such as "All I Could Do Was Cry, "At Last," and "Trust in Me."[1] She released her debut album, At Last! in 1960, followed by The Second Time Around in 1961. In 1967, James changed her music into more Soul-inspired material, and had her first Top 10 hit in three years with "Tell Mama," which was followed by an album of the same name.[1][2] In the 1970s, her popularity declined on radio, but remained under Chess records, recording five albums for the label, departing from them with 1975's Etta Is Betta Than Evvah

After battling drug and alcohol addictions, James returned with her first studio album in nine years in 1989 titled, Seven Year Itch on Island Records. Her two albums in the early 90s for Island and later Elektra, varied in style from contemporary to Soul, but James eventually settled in on the Private Music label.[1] Recording a total of ten albums for the label between 1997 and 2002, her albums included variations of contemporary blues to traditional Jazz, such as her 1997 tribute album to Billie Holiday titled, Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday.[2] In 2004, she signed with RCA Victor and released Blues to the Bone that same year, followed by a Pop standards release, All the Way, in 2006.[1]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions[3]
US US R&B US Blues US Jazz
1961 At Last!
  • Released: 1961
  • Label: Argo LP-4003
The Second Time Around
  • Released: 1961
  • Label: Argo LP-4011
1962 Etta James
  • Released: 1962
  • Label: Argo LP-4013
Etta James Sings for Lovers
  • Released: 1962
  • Label: Argo LP-4018
1963 Etta James Top Ten
  • Released: 1963
  • Label: Argo LP-4025
1965 The Queen of Soul
  • Released: 1965
  • Label: Argo LP-4040
1966 Call My Name
  • Released: 1966
  • Label: Cadet
1968 Tell Mama
  • Released: August 21, 1968
  • Label: Cadet
82 21
1970 Etta James Sings Funk
  • Released: 1970
  • Label: Cadet
1971 Losers Weepers
  • Released: 1971
  • Label: Cadet
1973 Etta James
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: Chess
154 41
1974 Come a Little Closer
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: Chess
1976 Etta Is Betta Than Evvah!
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: Chess
1978 Deep in the Night
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: Chess
1980 Changes
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: MCA
1989 Seven Year Itch
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Island
1990 Stickin' to My Guns
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Island
1992 The Right Time
1994 Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday 2
1995 Time After Time
  • Released: May 9, 1995
  • Label: Private Music
1997 Love's Been Rough on Me
  • Released: April 29, 1997
  • Label: Private Music
1998 Life, Love & the Blues
  • Released: June 30, 1998
  • Label: Private Music
1998 12 Songs of Christmas
  • Released: October 13, 1998
  • Label: Private Music
1999 Heart of a Woman
  • Released: June 29, 1999
  • Label: Private Music
2000 Matriarch of the Blues
  • Released: December 12, 2000
  • Label: Private Music
2001 Blue Gardenia
  • Released: August 21, 2001
  • Label: Private Music
2003 Let's Roll
  • Released: May 6, 2003
  • Label: Private Music
2004 Blues to the Bone 4
2006 All the Way
  • Released: May 14, 2006
  • Label: RCA Victor
2011 The Dreamer 41 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums

Year Album details Chart positions
US Blues
US Jazz
1964 Etta James Rocks the House
  • Released: 1964
  • Label: Argo LP-4032
1982 Etta, Red-Hot & Live
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Intermedia
1986 Jazzvisions: Jump The Blues Away
  • Released: 1986
  • Label:
1987 Blues in the Night Volume One: The Early Show 10
1987 The Late Show: Blues in the Night Volume Two
1994 Live from San Francisco
2002 Burnin' Down the House: Live at the House of Blues
  • Released: May 7, 2002
  • Label: Private Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums

Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US Blues
US Jazz
1992 My Greatest Songs
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: MCA
1997 Her Best
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Chess
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection
  • Released: April 6, 1999
  • Label: MCA
43 3
2000 The Chess Box
  • Released: June 27, 2000
  • Label: Chess
2001 Love Songs
  • Released: January 23, 2001
  • Label: MCA
2005 Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern and Kent Recordings
  • Released: December 6, 2005
  • Label: Ace
2006 The Definitive Collection
  • Released: January 10, 2006
  • Label: Geffen
2007 Gold
2011 Who's Blue?: Rare Chess Recordings of the 60s and 70s
  • Released: February 28, 2011
  • Label: Kent
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Song Chart positions Album
1955 "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" 1 Miss Etta James: The Complete Modern And Kent Recordings
"Hey Henry"
"Good Rockin' Daddy" 6
1956 "Number One"
"Shortnin' Bread Rock"
"Tough Lover"
"Good Lookin'"
1957 "The Pick-Up"
"Come What May"
1958 "Sunshine of Love"
1959 "I Hope You're Satisfied" (with Harvey Fuqua)
1960 "If I Can't Have You" (with Harvey Fuqua) 52 6 Etta James
"Spoonful" (with Harvey Fuqua) 78 12
"All I Could Do Was Cry" 33 2 At Last!
"My Dearest Darling" 34 5
1961 "At Last" 47 2
"Trust in Me" 30 4
"Fool That I Am" 50 14 The Second Time Around
"Don't Cry Baby" 39 6
"Seven Day Fool" 95
1962 "Something's Got a Hold on Me" 37 4 Etta James / Etta James Top Ten
"Stop the Wedding" 34 6 Etta James Top Ten
"Fools Rush In" 87 Etta James Sings for Lovers
"Would It Make Any Difference to You" 64 Etta James Top Ten
1963 "Pushover" 25 7
"Pay Back" 78 non-album singles
"Two Sides (To Every Story)"[A] 63
1964 "Baby What You Want Me to Do" 82 35 The Queen of Soul
"Loving You More Every Day" 65 7
"Breaking Point"
"Bobby Is His Name"
1966 "Only Time Will Tell" non-album single
1967 "I Prefer You" 42 Call My Name
"Don't Pick Me for Your Fool"
"Call My Name"
"Tell Mama" 23 10 Tell Mama
1968 "Security" 35 11
"I Got You Babe" 69 32 46 non-album singles
"You Got It" 113
1969 "Almost Persuaded" 79 32 71
"Miss Pitiful"
"Tighten Up Your Own Thing" Etta James Sings Funk
1970 "Sound of Love"
"Losers, Weepers (Part 1)" 94 26 Losers, Weepers
"Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing"
1971 "Take Out Some Insurance"
1972 "I Found a Love" 108 31 non-album single
1973 "All the Way Down" 101 29 Only a Fool
1974 "You Can Leave Your Hat On" 76
"Out on the Street, Again" 84 Come a Little Closer
1976 "Jump Into Love" 92 Etta Is Betta Than Evah
1978 "Piece of My Heart" 93 Deep In the Night
"Sugar on the Floor"
1980 "Mean Mother" Changes
1961/1996 "I Just Want to Make Love to You"[B] The Genuine Article: The Best of Etta James
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations with Sugar Pie DeSanto

Year Song Chart positions Album
1965 "Do I Make Myself Clear" 96 non-album singles
1966 "In the Basement (Part 1)" 97 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Song Chart positions A-Side Single
1961 "Dream" 55 "The Second Time Around"
"A Sunday Kind of Love" "Don't Cry Baby"
"It's Too Soon to Know" 54 "Seven Day Fool"
1962 "Next Door to the Blues" 71 13 "Fools Rush In"
1963 "How Do You Speak To An Angel" 109 "Would It Make Any Difference To You"
"I Worry 'Bout You" 118 "Two Sides (To Every Story)"
1967 "I'd Rather Go Blind" "Tell Mama"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other appearances

Year Song Album
1962 "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" Alan Freed's Top 15[7]
1985 "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" Back to the Future (soundtrack)[8]
1989 "At Last" Rain Man (soundtrack)[9]
1992 "The Wallflower (Dance with Me, Henry)" Sister Act (soundtrack)[10]
1993 "There's Something on Your Mind" (with B.B. King) Blues Summit[11]
"Mockingbird" (with Taj Mahal) Dancing the Blues[12]
1995 "At Last" Father of the Bride Part II (soundtrack)[13]
"At Last" How to Make an American Quilt (soundtrack)[14]
"Take Me to the River" (with Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love) The Memphis Horns with Special Guests[15]
1996 "It's a Small World"/"When You Wish Upon a Star Medley" Disney's Music from the Park[16]
1997 "At Last" Mad About You (soundtrack)[17]
1998 "At Last" Kissing a Fool (soundtrack)[18]
"At Last" Living Out Loud (soundtrack)[19]
"The Man I Love" Melrose Place Jazz: Upstairs at MP[20]
"At Last" Pleasantville (soundtrack)[21]
"Next Door to the Blues" Space Bunnies Must Die! (soundtrack)[22]
1999 "Etta's Blues" (with Etta Jones) Ain't She Sweet: Save Your Love for Me/I'll Be Seeing You[23]
2000 "In the Basement (Part 1)" The Hurricane (soundtrack)[24]
"The Nearness of You" Music from the TV Series Frasier[25]
2001 "Only Time Will Tell" Angel Eyes (soundtrack)[26]
"Gotta Serve Somebody" The Songs of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2: May Your Song Always Be Sung[27]
2002 "Ball 'n' Chain" Janis Joplin: This Ain't No Tribute Series—All Blues'd Up![28]
"Miss You" (Illicit Remix Edit) Queer as Folk: The Second Season (soundtrack)[29]
2005 "I'd Rather Go Blind" (with Dr. John) Night of Blistering Blues[30]
"Something's Got a Hold on Me" (with B.B. King)
"In the Midnight Hour" (with Paul Butterfield, B.B. King, Chaka Khan,
Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean, and Stevie Ray Vaughan)
"Ain't Nobody's Business" (with Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight)
"Take My Hand, Precious Lord" (with Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight)
2007 "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me" "We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song"


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