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Public viewing for Etta James in Inglewood Friday evening

Public viewing for Etta James

A public viewing is set for Friday evening in Inglewood for singer Etta James, who died last week after a long battle with leukemia.

The viewing is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Manchester Chapel at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, 3801 W. Manchester Blvd.

A private memorial service is set for Saturday, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

James, 73, had been seriously ill for the last year and died of complications from leukemia while receiving care at a Riverside hospital.

She is best known for her bluesy riffs and smoky nightclub ballads, including "At Last" and "Tell Mama."


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-- Phil Willon

Photo: Etta James performs at the 26th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June 2004. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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