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By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning would be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brings to the funkified table has legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belong to Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss, and Dave Guy -- her Dap-Kings. Jones, like James Brown, was born in Augusta, Georgia; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in 1970s disco and funk with an eye toward cutting a record of her own. Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones was turning in backup vocals for gospel, soul, disco, and blues artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul diva's dream she went back to church singing. She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island. It wouldn't be until 1996 that Desco Records would rediscover Jones' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk -- that stuck. Jones released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, after signing with Daptone Records in 2002. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists (including Greyboy) ensued. In 2005, Jones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with 100 Days, 100 Nights. Jones also had a bit part in The Great Debaters as the singer Lila. A new studio effort, I Learned the Hard Way, appeared in 2010. In 2013, Jones revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer -- initially in the bile ducts, and later advanced to stage two pancreatic cancer -- but she continued to perform as often as her therapy schedule would permit, sometimes appearing on-stage with a bald head after chemotherapy caused her hair to fall out. In late 2013, Jones was well enough to complete work on the next Dap-Kings album, and Give the People What they Want appeared in January 2014. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple premiered a film about the vocalist, Miss Sharon Jones!, at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival; Jones was in attendance for the debut screening, and revealed that her cancer had returned, but defiantly added, "I'm gonna keep fighting, we got a long way to go." Fittingly, the determined Jones and the Dap-Kings returned in October 2015 with a collection of Christmas and Hanukkah tunes titled It's a Holiday Soul Party. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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Sharon Jones

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Albums by
Sharon Jones

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Sharon Jones

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  2.   How Long Do I Have to Wait for You?
  3.   Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects
  4.   This Land Is Your Land
  5.   How Do You Let a Good Man Down?
  6.   Make It Good To Me by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  7.   Money by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  8.   Natural Born Lover
  9.   8 Days (Of Hanukkah) by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  10.   Pick It up, Lay It in the Cut by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  11.   What Have You Done for Me Lately? by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  12.   Casella Walk
  13.   [Untitled]
  14.   [Untitled]
  15.   Without a Trace by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  16.   New Shoes by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  17.   What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  18.   Genuine, Pt. 1 by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  19.   When I Come Home by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  20.   [Untitled]
  21.   All Over Again
  22.   Your Thing Is a Drag
  23.   My Man Is a Mean Man
  24.   Got to be the way it is
  25.   Ain't It Hard
  26.   [Untitled]
  27.   He Said I Can by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  28.   Stranded in Your Love featuring Lee Fields
  29.   Fish in the Dish
  30.   [Untitled]
  31.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  32.   Genuine, Pt. 2 by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  33.   [Untitled]
  34.   The Dap Dip
  35.   Settling In by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  36.   Cut That Line
  37.   You're Gonna Get It
  38.   Damn It's Hot, Pt. 1
  39.   Bump N' Touch, Pt. 1
  40.   You Better Think Twice
  41.   Damn It's Hot, Pt. 2
  42.   Hook and Sling Meets the Funky Superfly, Pt. 1
  43.   I Got the Feeling
  44.   You Better Think Twice
  45.   This Land Is Our Land
  46.   This Is Our Land by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  47.   I Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In
  48.   [CD-ROM Track]
  49.   Keep On Looking
  50.   100 Days, 100 Nights
  51.   How Do I Let a Good Man Down
  52.   Let Them Knock
  53.   Something's Changed
  54.   Tell Me
  55.   Day Tripper by The Budos Band
  56.   I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  57.   Fish in My Dish
  58.   Give Me a Reason by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  59.   She Ain't a Child by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  60.   Slow Down, Love
  61.   8 Days (Of Hanukkah) by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  62.   White Christmas by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  63.   Just Another Christmas Song by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  64.   Silent Night by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  65.   Big Bulbs by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  66.   Please Come Home for Christmas by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  67.   Funky Little Drummer Boy by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  68.   Silver Bells by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  69.   World of Love by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  70.   God Rest Ye Merry Gents by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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