Etta James performs at the House of Blues in 1999. She coaxed esteemed R&B producer Jerry Wexler, who had been pivotal in the careers of Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Otis Redding and numerous others, out of retirement to oversee her 1993 album "The Right Time." At the time, Wexler said, "I've never done anything better, and I've done a lot of records."
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