Etta James

James in 2003, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Jamesetta Hawkins

Date of Birth: January 25, 1938

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: January 20, 2012

Place of Death: Riverside, California, U.S.

*father – likely Swiss
*mother – African-American

Etta James was an American singer.

Her mother, Dorothy Hawkins, was African-American. According to Etta, her biological father was Rudolf Wanderone, “Minnesota Fats,” a professional billiards player, who was the son of Swiss parents, Rudolf/Rudolph Walter Wanderone and Rosa/Rose Bergin/Burgin. Etta was raised in Watts, South Central Los Angeles.

Etta was married to Artis Mills, and had two children.

Sources: Genealogies of Etta James (focusing on Rudolf Wanderone’s ancestry) –


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. WTF says:

    she looked blasian instead of mulatto

  2. follers says:

    It already says it’s just “According to Etta”.

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