Quote: "Etta James was a great influence to both me and Miley. We used to jam to Etta quite frequently going back and forth to the (Hannah Montana) set. Then one day we called her, and Miley and her really struck up a friendship. It was something special." Singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus reveals an unlikely friendship between his daughter, former Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, and late blues icon Etta James. The music veteran died in January (12) after a long battle with ill health.
Fact: Late blues legend Etta James' back catalogue has received a boost since she died last Friday (20Jan12). Billboard.com reports overall sales of her albums topped 30,000 copies by Sunday (22Jan12), compared to just over 6,000 the previous week (ends15Jan12).
Quote: "I cried as soon as I sat down. She was phenomenal. She was so funny and witty and raunchy and sarcastic and cheeky and her voice!!!!!!!! Arrrghhhh her voice! Soooo amazing!" British singer Adele tells readers of her MySpace.com blog of her meeting with Etta James in New York.