If anyone deserved be called a "singular sensation," it was Etta James. Between 1960 and 1963, she had 10 records on the R&B charts, including "Something's Got a Hold on Me." When she was burnt out and in rehab, the Rolling Stones invited her to tour with them. She had the distinction of having her most famous song, "At Last" sung at the inauguration of the first African American president. In tribute to her passing, NPR had five of its djs choose a signature James song, including "At Last," "I'd Rather Go Blind," "Tell Mama," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," and the funky rarity "In the Basement."
In the above excerpt from the 1968 German docudrama Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, you can see Leonhardt as the composer at the harpsichord—mostly from behind, but those fleet fingers are something else … and is that music ever dense!
For some super baroque music, Vivaldi's Cello, with Yo-Yo Ma on cello and Ton Koopman on harpsichord, is a must listen, as is the Boston Baroque's recording of The Four Seasons and two concertos by Geminiani.