The Original Etta James of "Levels"

4/18/12

Her drug intake made Keith Richards look tame, she once threatened to "whup Beyonce's ass," and, well, she always worked peroxide better than you did...

Yeh - Etta James was a fucking PUNK.

So while Adele and other easy-listening apprentices may just about match her voice, nobody can, and ever will, match the rock and roll soul of our Etta <3.

Today, BitCandy revisit Etta James' classic, "Something's Got a Hold of Me." The track was written by Etta alongside Leroy Kirkland, Pearl Woods, and is taken from James' fourth album, Etta James Top Ten, which was released in 1963, back when Etta was queen of Chess Records.

In 2010, the track was butchered by Christina Aguilera for the film, Burlesque. You can watch her cover below, but please, kill us before you press play.

Most recently, the late great Etta sent shock waves through the EDM world after Avicii sampled the vocals from "Something's Got a Hold of Me" on the biggest banger of 2011 – "Levels." The same sample was later picked up by Flo Rida for his tune, "Good Feeling."

 

 

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