Etta James and Dr. John – I’d Rather Go Blind (Live, 1982)

The first time I saw Etta James and Dr. John do “I’d Rather Go Blind” as a duet was on my friend Amy’s Midnight Special DVDs. We were on my couch late on a Friday night, drinking and talking while we watched, and the performance hit me as so surreal and so oddly beautiful, I felt my eyes fill with tears as Dr. John, wearing a snakeskin vest, and beautiful Etta sang right in each other’s faces.

Sadly, the clip of that performance that’s on YouTube is of the lowest quality, but I found this almost-just-as-good video of the duo singing the same song for Soundstage in 1982. Check it out and tell me if I’ve got a screw loose or if this performance also hits you right in the gut.


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Dacia lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes, drinks & listens to records.

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