12/26/2012 09:36 am ET

Musicians That Died In 2012: Great Artists We Lost This Year

Johnny Otis
Dec. 28, 1921 — Jan. 17, 2012
R&B Pioneer. The bandleader, composer and radio and TV host wrote "Willie And The Hand Jive" and discovered many of R&B's greatest voices.

Etta James
Jan. 25, 1938 — Jan. 20, 2012
Matriarch of the Blues. The “At Last” singer had grit in her voice that could melt like sugar or rub salt in a wound.

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