R&B Foundation React To Etta James' Death
A recipient of the R&B Foundation's first Pioneer Awards ceremony in 1989 Etta James also served on the Board of Directors of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation during the formative years.
A statement from Damon Williams Chairman of the R&B Foundation reads "Etta James was a one of a kind artist with a one of a kind voice; she was an absolute Rhythm and Blues Pioneer. Etta was part of the fabric and spirit in which the Rhythm and Blues Foundation was built on. Etta's lifelong contributions to Rhythm and Blues music have paved the way for generations of artists. Awarding Etta James the Rhythm and Blues Foundations Pioneer Award in 1989 was one of the finest moments in our mission to celebrate the legacy of Rhythm and Blues artist. Our hearts go out to Etta James family and her long time manager Lupe De Leon". The Rhythm & Blues Foundation website