One of the legends of soul has met her maker.
Sharon Jones has died at the age of 60 after a struggle with cancer.
Jones and the Dap-Kings electrified fans with songs like “The Game Gets Old” and Maxine Brown's “Oh No Not My Baby”.
In an interview with the Straight in 2010 prior to a sold-out show at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom, Jones rejected any suggestion that she was trying to re-create the music of the past.
“Retro is some young person trying to do something that the older people did back when," Jones declared in her brassy style. "I’m 54 years old. I’m not trying to imitate anyone. I open my mouth and this is what comes out.”
Jones also discussed how she didn't fit the music industry's image in the 1970s, leading to a fairly brutal rejection by a record-company exec.
“This is around the time of that Milli Vanilli stuff,” she said. “And he told me that I didn’t have a look, that I needed to go bleach my skin, he told me I was too fat. He said, 'You need to stop telling your age, you’re too old.’ That happened and it sorta hurt, knowing that I had a gift that God had given me.”
Jones got her big break in 2002 with the Dap-Kings, who later played with Amy Winehouse.
Filmmaker Barbara Kopple chronicled how Jones coped with cancer in the documentary Miss Sharon Jones!, which was released earlier this year.