Sharon Jones, Soul And Funk Singer, Dead At 60
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:36:53
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Sharon Jones, the grammy-nominated soul and funk singer famous for performing with her longtime backing band the Dap-Kings passed away of pancreatic cancer on Friday, November 18th. She was 60.
The vocalist's representative wrote in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings."
The Los Angeles Times reported, "Jones, Roth said in an interview Saturday, suffered a stroke on Nov. 8 — election night — as she was watching the returns. He immediately flew to Cooperstown N.Y., where she was in the hospital, and summoned the rest of the band.
""She told the people that were there that Trump gave her the stroke," said Roth, laughing. "She didn't seem anxious or scared or anything. She just wanted to sing, you know, and every time there was a lull in the room she would start moaning some kind of gospel song," he said."
Jones was diagnosed with stage-two pancreatic cancer in 2013. She had surgery and went into remission nine months later. But at the premiere of Miss Sharon Jones!, a documentary about her life and career, she announced the cancer had returned.
During the course of her career, Jones released six albums with the Dap-Kings. She acted as a back-up singer for Gabriel Roth, current Dap-Kings bandleader, before releasing her first solo track, "Damn It's Hot," in 1996 at the age of 40. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings released their debut album in 2002, Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. In 2012, the y would release their sixth album Give the People What They Want, which would go on to garner Jones her first Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. Jones and the Dap Kings last released the holiday compilation It's a Holiday Soul Party in 2015.
Sharon Lafaye Jones was born May 4th, 1956 in Augusta, GA. As a child she moved from Georgia to Brooklyn, where she began singing in church.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff