Etta James | 1987

Singer Etta James performs at the Vine Street Bar & Grill in Hollywood in April 1987. In the mid-1970s, after getting caught writing bad checks to support her drug habit, James was offered a choice between prison or rehab. She chose the latter, and kicked heroin, but started using cocaine a few years later. A spiritual epiphany led her to give up cocaine and alcohol, and starting in the 1980s she began a personal and professional renaissance, opening her own company, Etta James Enterprises, and reestablishing her credibility in the music world.
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