Etta James and Johnny Otis, Our Musical Treasures

On January 20, 2012, it was reported that we lost two huge musical icons in what is left og the Blues genre, that is nearly extinct. We have lost both Etta James and Johnny Otis, and if the expression is “when someone dies, a library burns”, this is an entire musical generation that is lost. These legends were a direct window into not only our musical past, but our history. The blues itself is a reflection of a time when this country was indebted in the atrocity that was slavery, and every time you hear the blues, you cannot help but to think about pain, hardship, and suffering. Blues is the African American experience, and these two artists, who were connected in many ways, should be remembered as the spokespeople for the genre.

As the years on the calender mimmic what we once thought of when dealing with science fiction, we mustn't forget our musical legends. In our society, and especially in the entertainment business, we have the tendency to gravitate towards what's new, which is understandable, but as we bring in the new, let's not push out the old. Our respective eld

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ers and our musical fore

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fathers are our libraries, and we must do our best to preserve our living legends, as well as those who have moved on.

Click here to learn more about the life of Etta James, and click here to learn more about the life of Johnny Otis




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