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Public invited to Etta James viewing

January 24, 2012 | 10:58 am

Etta James in 2006
A public viewing will be held Friday in Inglewood for R&B great Etta James, who died last week, a family representative said Tuesday.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday for the singer.

The viewing will be at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Manchester Chapel.

James’ family said donations in the singer’s memory may be sent to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Flowers also will be welcomed.

Lupe De Leon, James’ longtime agent, said other possible tributes are being discussed but nothing has been planned for the time being.

James, 73, had been seriously ill for the last year and died of complications from a long battle with 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 in Riverside

Photo: Etta James in 2006. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press.

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