At Last - Etta James
Song Lyrics, History, & Chart Information

  • The song was written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
  • Harry Warren (music) was born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna on 12/24/1893 in Brooklyn, New York, and died 9/22/1981
  • Some of his other hits include "I Only Have Eyes for You", "42nd Street", "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", and "Jeepers Creepers"
  • Mack Gordon, (Lyrics) was born Morris Gittler 6/21/1904, and died 3/1/1959), 
  • He was an inductee into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and wrote the lyrics for "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", as well as well over 100 other songs
  • "At Last" was first performed by Glenn Miller and his big band in 1942
  • The most popular version of the song was performed by Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on 1/25/38 in Los Angeles California)
  • Etta James (nicknamed "Miss Peaches") was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Her nickname comes from the name of her first vocal group, "The Peaches", that she formed in the middle 50s when she was only 17 years old
  • Though she battled drug problems, a series of disastrous relationships, and in later life obesity, she remains busy recording and performing for a whole new generation
  • Other major accomplishments for Etta include induction into the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and inclusion in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (at #62)
  • The song peaked at #47 on the Billboard charts in 1961
  • A #2 R&B Chart hit
  • The song received renewed interest in 1996 when it was used on a series of Jaguar commercials
  • "At Last" has also been covered by a number of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Celine Dion, Lou Rawls, Christina Aguilera, Joni Mitchell, and Cyndi Lauper
  • A classic and very popular First Dance song for weddings

A sample of this song as performed by Oracle is available by clicking on either of the links below.  The RealAudio file will stream to your computer rather quickly assuming you have the RealAudio player installed.  The MP3 file must download completely first, but is of a higher audio quality.

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At Last - Song Lyrics

At last, my love has come along,
My lonely days are over,
And life is like a song,

Ohhh at last
The stars above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover,
The night I looked at you

I found a dream that I could speak to,
A dream that I, can call my own,
I found a thrill, to press my cheek to,
A thrill that I, have never known,

Ohhh you smile, you smile
And then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven,
For you are mine, at last!

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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