Episode 18 – Etta James & Bessie Banks

Welcome to this week’s episode of Sisters Sing Soul.

This week’s episode features songs from Etta James and Bessie Banks.


Sisters Sing Soul Etta James

Etta James

Here’s where you can find the songs in this episode:

Etta James

‘Tell Mama’, ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, ‘I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got’, ‘The Same Rope’, ‘It Hurts Me So Much’ — From The Album “Etta James: Tell Mama – The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions” — MCA Records

‘Losers, Weepers’, ‘I Found A Love’ — From The Album “Etta James: The Chess Box” — MCA Records

Sisters Sing Soul Bessie Banks

Bessie Banks

Bessie Banks

‘Go Now’ — From The Album “Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures, Volume 2” — Ace Records, Kent Soul label

‘Try To Leave Me If You Can’ — From the Album “Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures, Volume 1” — Ace Records, Kent Soul label


Please feel free to comment below with any questions or observations.

Next week will feature the music of Doris Duke & Dee Dee Warwick.

Thanks for listening!


  1. Great choice Greg….Etta is a classic and her “I just wanna make love to you” is my favourite of all her songs, although I like it even better in the Muddy Waters version.

  2. Here I am in Kelowna, BC, bopping to the sounds of Etta James, formerly James Etta. I love this. The commentary is so interesting (Etta’s mother being 14 years old, breaks my heart). Thanks Greg, for a super selection of music.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Etta James episode so much. She is without doubt one of the great legends of American music. Her soul performances, especially those recorded at Muscle Shoals, are superb as you have just heard. I hope you keep listening and enjoy many more episodes of the Sisters Sing Soul.
      All the best,

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