Sharon Jones, Lead Singer of The Dap Kings Has Died At Age 60

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Sharon Jones, lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings has died. Today (November 18), the Augusta, Georgia native passed away from complications surrounding pancreatic cancer at the age of 60. In the last 20 years, Jones not only enjoyed a late surge in her extensive career, the Grammy-nominated songstress helped revive Soul and Funk music. The singer and band connected closely to the sounds of the 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1996, Jones co-founded Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. The band signed to Brooklyn, New York-based Daptone Records. Between 2002 and 2015, the outfit released seven albums. 2010’s I Learned The Hard Way was a Top 20 debut, while 2014’s Give The People What They Want earned the group a Grammy nom’ in the “Best R&B Album” category. According to Billboard, Jones protested R&B and Soul being consolidated. “Why is there not a category for soul?” Ms. Jones said. “That’s my goal. Put me in the right category.”

In addition to charts and awards, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’s music appeared in advertisements by Tropicana, Chase, and a New York tourism company. Furthermore, the music appeared in television such as How To Make It In America, For Colored Girls, and George Clooney film Up In The Air. Beyond her band, Jones worked with Stax Records icons Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, as well as Joe Jackson, David Byrne, and Michael Bublé.

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In 2013, Jones was diagnosed. In 2015, while fighting against the condition, the singer launched a series of concerts. Documentary film Miss Sharon Jones! traces her life.

Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Sharon Jones.