Etta James (1962 album)

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Etta James
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Studio album by Etta James
Released July 1962
Recorded 1960-61
Genre Blues, R&B
Label Argo
Producer Leonard Chess
Phil Chess
Etta James chronology
The Second Time Around
Etta James
Etta James Sings for Lovers
Singles from Etta James
  1. "If I Can't Have You"
    Released: 1960
  2. "Spoonful"
    Released: 1960
  3. "Something's Got a Hold on Me"
    Released: 1962
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Etta James is the third studio album by American blues artist, Etta James. The album was released on Argo Records in 1962 and was produced by Phil and Leonard Chess.


The album was released on a 12-inch LP and consisted of ten tracks, with five of them on each side of the vinyl record. The album spawned the single, "Something's Got a Hold on Me" b/w "Waiting for Charlie to Come Home" which was written for Etta by Burt Bacharach reached the Top 40 in 1962. The album also included two duets with Harvey Fuqua, "If I Can't Have You" and "Spoonful" which were previously released as singles by Etta and Harvey on the Chess label.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Waiting for Charlie to Come Home" (Bob Hilliard, Burt Bacharach) - 2:08
  2. "Guess Again"
  3. "A Lover's Mourn"
  4. "You Can Count on Me" (Eddie Singleton) - 2:36
  5. "If I Can't Have You" (Gwen Fuqua, Etta James) - 3:01
Side Two
  1. "Something's Got a Hold on Me" (Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, Pearl Woods) - 2:50
  2. "My Dear"
  3. "Nobody But You" (Willie Dixon) - 2:24
  4. "Let Me Know" (Billy Davis, Berry Gordy) - 3:08
  5. "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon) - 2:35

Chart positions[edit]

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1960 "If I Can't Have You" Pop Singles 52
1960 "If I Can't Have You" R & B Singles 6
1960 "Spoonful" Pop Singles 78
1961 "Spoonful" R & B Singles 12
1962 "Something's Got a Hold On Me" R & B Singles 4
1962 "Something's Got a Hold On Me" Pop Singles 37