Etta James 'Wanted to Be Noticed'

Legendary singer dies after long battle with leukemia.
1:38 | 01/20/12

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We want to remember now a singer who has died and not just any singer one whose voice was so true so fierce she changed everything. At a James passed away after a long battle with leukemia and she once said when I'm -- in the blues I'm singing life. Here's ABC Linda Davis. As the song Beyonce serenaded the -- during their first dance at his inauguration. It was a tribute to her idol world and not. For five decades -- James is calling card. Platinum hair feisty spirit musical -- James would write the bad girls had the look that I like. I wanted to be rare I want it to be noticed. That palpable emotion and raw pain often attributed to a difficult childhood. Mom left home she never knew were down but she runs and breaking into the male dominated music industry of the fifties the first woman to speak up. And pushed back demanding an earnings warnings of -- records she would win four grammys but only is battling demons. Drug addiction and then disease. Leukemia claimed her life. But -- not silence over. Soon. -- -- Karl Malone. Lindsey Davis ABC news new --

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