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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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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 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 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. As the film Miss Sharon Jones! was poised to go into theatrical release, in August 2016 Daptone Records released an original soundtrack album. The Miss Sharon Jones! album featured a selection of Jones' most memorable performances along with a new track, the autobiographical "I'm Still Here." ~ Tammy La Gorce
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Albums by
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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    I'm Still Here - Single

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    Midnight Rider

    16 songs

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    Miss Sharon Jones!

    11 songs

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    It's a Holiday Soul Party

    10 songs

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    Give the People What They Want

    12 songs

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    I Learned the Hard Way

    11 songs

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    Dap-Dippin' With…

    10 songs

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    Naturally

    10 songs

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    Baby (You've Got What It Takes)

    1 song

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    Little Boys with Shiny Toys

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    Can't Get Right

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    Goldfinger

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    Stranger to My Happiness

    2 songs

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    Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects

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    Better Things

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    I Learned the Hard Way - Single

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    This Land Is Your Land (From the Motion Picture "Up in the Air")

    12 songs

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    Soul Time!

    11 songs

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    Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

    17 songs

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    100 Days, 100 Nights

    10 songs

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    100 Days, 100 Nights

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    100 Days, 100 Nights

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    8 Days (of Hanukkah)


Top Songs by
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

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  2.   How Long Do I Have to Wait for You?
  3.   100 Days, 100 Nights
  4.   Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects
  5.   This Land Is Your Land
  6.   How Do You Let a Good Man Down?
  7.   I Learned the Hard Way
  8.   Stranger to My Happiness
  9.   The Game Gets Old
  10.   Something's Changed
  11.   Retreat!
  12.   People Don't Get What They Deserve
  13.   Nobody's Baby
  14.   Make It Good To Me
  15.   Money
  16.   Window Shopping
  17.   Mama Don't Like My Man
  18.   Natural Born Lover
  19.   Better Things
  20.   8 Days (Of Hanukkah)
  21.   God Rest Ye Merry Gents
  22.   Silent Night
  23.   Inspiration Information
  24.   Silver Bells
  25.   Funky Little Drummer Boy
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    A Very Soulful Christmas

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    James Brown: DNA

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    The Current

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    Eclectic Holiday

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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